28 March 2007
NEW CHAIRMAN AT WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS ARTS UNIVERSITY
27 MARCH 2007
Sir John Tusa is to be the new Chairman of Europe's leading art and design university, the Governors of University of the Arts London announced today. Sir John, who is currently the Managing Director of the Barbican Centre, will take up the position in the autumn.
Sir John will succeed Will Wyatt who retires as Chairman later this summer after eight years at the helm of the University.
Since 1995 Sir John has been Managing Director of the Barbican, where he has been credited with turning around the Centre's fortunes. Prior to that appointment he had enjoyed a distinguished career in broadcasting, as a presenter of Newsnight, as managing director of the BBC World Service, and as a newsreader on BBC television. He is currently Vice Chairman of the British Museum and Chairman of the Wigmore Hall Trust, and was formerly a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and a board member of English National Opera.
His new position will see him take charge of a world famous University consisting of six internationally renowned colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art.
Speaking about his appointment Sir John says: 'I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as Chairman of University of the Arts London. It is a wonderful, varied, diverse, energetic and creative organisation with ambitious plans for the future. I look forward to doing whatever I can to help University of the Arts London to achieve these aims and to build on the foundations laid by the Chairman, Will Wyatt, and the Rector, Sir Michael Bichard.'
Outgoing Chairman Will Wyatt says: 'The University Governors have made an excellent choice in Sir John Tusa as my successor. John is just the right person to lead the University on the next stage of its journey. I know from working with him as a colleague at the BBC that he has the passion and drive to lead it to further success.'
Commenting on the appointment, Rector of the University of the Arts London, Sir Michael Bichard says: ' Sir John's artistic and communication skills will be a great asset to the University as it meets the exciting challenges of the future. Sir John comes with a track record of success in the arts and communication, two areas that are at the heart of everything we do at the University.'