Vice-chancellor of Leeds Beckett University, Professor Susan Price, became an ex officio honorary member of Headingley Rotary Club on 23 June.
Her citation reads:
This honorary membership recognises a life-of service to academia, both as a scholar of Linguistics and as Vice-chancellor of Leeds Beckett University. Professor Price’s success in restoring a cooperative and consultative style of management to the University of East London made her an obvious choice as Vice-chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University in 2010.
She has also held posts of Director of Academic Affairs in Modern Languages at The University of Bradford; Associate Dean of the University of the West of England and ESRC Fellow in International Business at the University of Manchester Business School. She holds a First class degree in Modern Languages, a PhD in Linguistics and an MBA from the University of Bradford.
Not unlike the Venerable Bede, she received her secondary education in Sunderland.
She leaves Leeds Beckett at the end of this academic year with a unified and supportive staff, strong academic success in terms of student achievement and research, a vigorous development plan and sound finances.
This club has always enjoyed strong links with Leeds Beckett University; four of our members have served on the staff. This award also recognises the contribution of Leeds Beckett students to the welfare of the Headingley and Leeds communities.
In an address to the meeting she reflected on the changes and challenges that the University has undergone during her five year tenure. In the words of her successor, Professor Peter Slee: Under Professor Susan Price’s inspiring leadership the University is now very well placed to take advantage of the new opportunities the city of Leeds will gain from greater regional decentralisation.
Professor Price also paid tribute to the amount of voluntary work done by 951 Leeds Beckett students in the city. She is keen to make retiring staff aware of the work and fellowship of Rotary and also to put us in touch with the organisers of voluntary service. Her talk was a splendid and inspiring finale to the year’s programme of distinguished speakers.