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University of Southampton Appoint New Pro-Chancellor

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The University of Southampton has announced the appointment of Colin Smith as its pro-chancellor.

Mr Smith is a former director and group president of Rolls-Royce and joins Dr Gill Rider and Jon Sopel as pro-chancellor, acting as an ambassador in the future development of the university.

Colin received a CBE in 2012 for services to UK engineering and has previously been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Derby, Loughborough, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton and Strathclyde.

Commenting on the appointment he said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been offered this role as a Pro Chancellor of the University which contributed so much to my education and gave me many long term friends."

Meanwhile, Dr Gill Rider, fellow pro-chancellor, said: "Colin Smith's appointment provides the University of Southampton with a superb Pro-Chancellor who has excellent credentials as a major industry leader and an alumnus. His future engagement with Southampton will only serve to enhance the institution's reputation globally and I look forward to serving alongside him."