Highlands university appoints biomedical scientist as new principal
Professor Clive Mulholland will replace James Fraser who retired in December 2013.
The University of the Highlands and Islands has chosen a scientist as its new principal and vice-chancellor.
Professor Clive Mulholland, who is currently deputy vice-chancellor at the University of South Wales, will replace James Fraser who retired in December 2013.
Prof Mulholland is a biomedical scientist with a background in clinical biochemistry and online education. He has worked in the civil service and NHS as well as academia.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Chartered Scientist.
He has previously held appointments at Queens University Belfast, University of Wales Swansea and the Department of Agriculture in Northern Ireland.
Garry Coutts, University of the Highlands and Islands rector and chair of the appointing panel said: “I am delighted Professor Mulholland has accepted the position of principal and vice-chancellor and I look forward to working with him.
"This is an exciting and decisive time for the university and it is important that our new principal has impeccable academic credentials and significant experience in leading complex organisations particularly in improving quality and outcomes for students.
“Professor Mulholland meets these criteria brilliantly and I am sure he will provide both academic and managerial leadership and also act as an excellent ambassador for the university within the region, within further and higher education and throughout the world at large.”
Professor Mulholland said: “I am delighted to be joining the university at an exciting time of its development. As a tertiary institution the University of the Highlands and Islands can establish itself as a role model of a 21st century distributed university adding significant value to the region, and further progressing international reputation in research and scholarship.”