University names peer as first chancellor
Plymouth University's first ever chancellor has been named as life peer Lord Kestenbaum.
Jonathan Kestenbaum had been an increasingly strong advocate of Plymouth University over the past few years.
Following his award of an Honorary Doctorate of Technology in 2010, he has supported the Care Leavers programme, cultural projects and hosted events for the University.
As chancellor, his ambassadorial role will see him play an important part in supporting the university's strategy to transform lives.
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Lord Kestenbaum, who has a long and distinguished career in business under his belt, said: "I am deeply honoured by the confidence the University has shown in me.
"From my very first encounter with Plymouth University, I have been hugely impressed by its achievements and ambitions for the future in which I hope to play a valuable role in realising.
"This is an exciting role and one that I am passionately committed to fulfilling."
Professor Wendy Purcell, Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth University, said: "Lord Kestenbaum's interests in the transformational nature of education and vast experience in promoting innovation across all spheres, together with his work in the charity and voluntary sectors, align perfectly with our university's values.
"He has been a passionate and influential advocate of our role as an anchor institution, connected to people and place and our mission to transform lives through education and research.
"We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to welcome Jonathan to our University Community."
Lord Kestenbaum will be formally installed in a public ceremony to be held in Plymouth in December.