LEEDS Trinity University College has announced that Professor Margaret House has been appointed as its next principal and chief executive.
Prof House will take up the post in January after Leeds Trinity’s current principal and chief executive, Prof Freda Bridge, retires at the end of this year.
She is currently deputy vice chancellor at Middlesex University, where she is responsible for academic strategy, student experience and employability.
Leeds Trinity’s chairman of governors, Ed Anderson, said: “Leeds Trinity has achieved much in recent years.
“We’ve become an independent university community, transformed our campus and achieved high levels of student satisfaction and employment.
“We hope to acquire full university status in the near future.
“Prof House’s commitment and experience aligns particularly well with Leeds Trinity’s priorities and I have every confidence in Margaret as our next principal.”
Prof House said she was delighted to be appointed.
“I have resonance with the ethos and values of Leeds Trinity which truly has the student at the heart of what it does,” she said.
“Higher education in England is facing a number of challenges but I am confident that Leeds Trinity can overcome these challenges and at the same time capitalise on existing successes and create new opportunities for continued success.”
Prof Freda Bridge, who has been principal since 2006, said: “Leeds Trinity is in a good position to move forward with confidence in what is a challenging time for higher education.
“I am certain that Margaret will provide inspiring leadership for the Leeds Trinity and the wider community.”
Leeds Trinity, which is based in Horsforth, Leeds, became a university college in 2009 with the power to award its own degrees.
It changed its name from Trinity and All Saints.