Eight years after accepting the reins of Chancellor at the University of Bradford, Imran Khan has announced he will step down from his position.
The famed sportsman-turn-politician will leave his role on 30th November after being installed as the fifth chancellor in December 2005, succeeding Baroness Betty Lockwood.
Mr Khan’s role at the place of education had been questioned by some in the past, with his political commitments in Pakistan taking up more and more of his time.
During his time at the helm, one of the 61-year-old’s first duties was to lay a foundation stone for the university’s new Institute of Cancer Therapeutics (ICT).
He has helped forge close links between the ICT and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Pakistan which remain today.
This partnership has also seen a research student from the hospital in Pakistan completing her PhD in cancer research at Bradford.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford, Professor Brian Cantor, spoke of his gratitude of Mr Khan and thanked him for all his support over the years.
He said: “Imran has played a critical and important role for us as Chancellor of the University over an extended period of time. He has been a truly outstanding ambassador for the University and a wonderful role model for our students.
“He has awarded degrees to many students here at Bradford, and has also set up one of the fastest growing colleges in Pakistan, Namal College, where students also receive University of Bradford degrees.
“From discussions I have had with Imran, I know he is proud to have served as our Chancellor for the past eight years and is thankful of the support and advice we have given him in setting up Namal College. He looks forward to continuing to work in partnership with the University.
“We are extremely grateful for the support that Imran has given the University over the past eight years. I am confident that his support and our strong relationship will continue into the future.”
Imran Khan said: “It has been my honour to serve as Chancellor of the University of Bradford. This has been a rewarding and informative experience and one that I will cherish.”
A Chancellor acts as a figurehead for the University’s activities and also appeals to, and provides a role model for, the various constituencies the University serves.
These include its students and its local, national and international stakeholders. The University will now begin its search for a new Chancellor as it looks ahead to its 50th anniversary in 2016.