Professor Calie Pistorius will step down as vice-chancellor of the University of Hull - which has a campus in Filey Road, Scarborough - at the end of January 2017, after more than seven years in the role.
During Professor Pistorius’s tenure, the university has increased its regional, national and international profile, strengthened its links with business and industry, and firmly established itself as an anchor institution.
Professor Pistorius has brought about significant organisational renewal for the university, initiating the largest investment programme in its history.
He said: “It has been a privilege to lead the University of Hull for the last seven years. It is a fantastic university, with a great academic heritage, a beautiful campus, welcoming people, a wonderful student experience and a real sense of purpose as an anchor institution.
“I have enjoyed my time at Hull tremendously and am proud of what we have achieved in the university, and also in the city and the region. At this point in my life and career, I am ready for and want to move on to my next opportunity and role.
“When I step down in January, I will hand over to a strong leadership team who will build on our momentum with confidence and continue to strengthen the university’s vision of empowering people to shape the future – regionally, nationally and globally.”
Professor Pistorius will remain in post for the next six months, but will take a three-month sabbatical to continue with his research interests in the management of innovation, returning to campus in December for a two-month handover period. During this transition, Professor Glenn Burgess, deputy vice-chancellor will assume the position of acting vice-chancellor.