12th December 1999




Professor Roger King has announced his intention to retire as Vice Chancellor of the university at the end of March 2001.


Professor King took the helm of the institution in 1989 and has steered it through a period of considerable change and development. Humberside College of HE became a polytechnic in 1990, a university in 1992 and the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside in 1996.


When he retires in 2001 Professor King will have served as chief executive of the institution for exactly 12 years.


“2001 seemed like an appropriate time to hand over to a successor, as both the new Lincoln and Hull campuses will be close to completion,” he said.


“The Corporate Plan for the next five years sets out a clear strategy for consolidation and growth in the university’s reputation and quality,” he added. “The university has a strong base from which to move forward.”


Professor King, who will be 55 at the time of his retirement, said he intended to stay active in higher education and would watch the future development of the university with interest.


Christopher Oughtred, chairman of the Board of Governors, said Professor King would be a hard act to follow, but that his successor would have a rare yet excellent opportunity to further the standing of the university.