The Harper Adams University board of governors has appointed Professor Ken Sloan as vice-chancellor from November 1st 2021. He succeeds Dr David Llewellyn who is retiring after 23 years at Harper.

Prof Sloan is currently deputy vice-chancellor (enterprise and governance) at Monash University, based at Melbourne, Australia and a number of international locations, where he has spent the last five years. He was educated in England and spent 16 years earlier in his career at the University of Warwick in various roles, culminating as registrar and chief operating officer.

Harper says Prof Sloan was selected from a significant number of high calibre applicants for his previous extensive experience of UK and international higher education.
“We are confident he will provide the vision and leadership required to ensure the future prosperity and success of the University,” says Harper chair of governors Peter Nixon. “Ken has strong empathy with Harper and its values, its sense of people and place, and he has the experience and skills to lead the future sustainability of the University in the context of a rapidly changing external world.”

Prof Sloan adds: “To have the opportunity to lead a university that has a mission to provide sustainable means to feed the growing global population will be a privilege. Harper Adams has extensive local, national and international relationships and delivers an exceptional experience for its students. I look forward to building on the outstanding achievements of Dr David Llewellyn, working with the Harper Adams students, staff, governors, alumni and communities in this next, exciting stage of its development.”

Dr Llewellyn joined Harpers Adams in 1998, rising to become principal in 2009 and then vice chancellor when the college achieved university status in 2012.