Lord Victor installed as Chancellor
Lord Victor Adebowale CBE has been installed as the new Chancellor of the University of Lincoln.
Lord Victor, Chief Executive of the social care organisation Turning Point, was presented with the Chancellor’s robes during a ceremony at the University’s Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC).
He becomes the University of Lincoln’s second Chancellor, replacing Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll, who stepped down in September after seven years.
Lord Victor said: “It’s a great honour for me. I’m just a lad from Wakefield and I never expected to receive honours like this. I’m very touched and humbled by it and I will do my best to promote the values of the University of Lincoln.”
He said besides educating young people and preparing them for their careers, universities performed a much simpler but more important social function.
“They create futures - futures for individuals, futures for societies and futures for communities. I think that is what Lincoln stands for,” said Lord Victor.
University of Lincoln Vice Chancellor Professor David Chiddick said he envisaged Lord Victor would offer the same “valuable source of wise counsel, advocacy and objectivity” as Dame Elizabeth had provided.
Lord Victor’s first act as Chancellor was to present the first Chancellor’s Medal to Pearl Wheatley MBE for services to Lincolnshire’s heritage.
The ceremony also saw two long-serving members of the University’s staff receive recognition for their loyal service.
Terence O’Sullivan, Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Life and Social Sciences, and Kevin Cooper, Academic Subject Librarian, each received a Special Staff Award from Vice Chancellor Professor David Chiddick.
Kevin, who started at the University in 1985, said: “There are a lot of other people who could have been considered for this award and I did feel that I was accepting it on their behalf as well.”