London: Sir Leszek Borysiewicz has been
nominated as the next Vice Chancellor of the prestigious
University of Cambridge in Britain.
Professor Borysiewicz, who is currently Chief Executive
of Britain`s Medical Research Council, will succeed Professor
Alison Richard at the end of her seven-year term on October
"I am delighted to be nominated for the position of Vice
Chancellor and excited by the opportunity to build on
Cambridge`s strong tradition of academic excellence in both
teaching and research," Professor Borysiewicz said.
The Vice Chancellor is the full-time, resident head of
the University and its most senior academic officer. The role
dates back to 1412 and Professor Borysiewicz will be the 345th
Professor Frank Kelly, Master of Christ`s College,
Cambridge, who oversaw the international search for the next
Vice Chancellor, said: "The University has a history of
academic excellence, built upon first-class teaching and
research within its distinctive collegiate system, and is in
the top flight of research-led Universities world-wide".
"In its 800th anniversary year the University has had
much to celebrate from its past achievements and its
transforming effect on lives and society, and it looks to the
future with confidence and ambition," he said.