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 2 Aug 2001 

New Chair of University Council takes office

A former Managing Director of the BBC World Service has taken over as Chair of the governing body at the University of Sussex.

Currently Chairman of the newly established Electoral Commission, Sam Younger was previously Chief Executive of the British Red Cross, responsible for its work both in the UK and around the world.

This followed a career spanning 20 years in the BBC, first as a journalist and then as a manager, latterly as Managing Director of the BBC World Service between 1994 and 1998.

Mr Younger has been elected as Chair of Council for the period 1 August 2001 to 31 July 2004 and replaces Brian Manley, who was Chairman for six years.

"Brian has identified closely with the interests of the University and has made important contributions to its affairs," said Professor Alasdair Smith, the University's Vice-Chancellor, in a warm tribute.

"He has been particularly sensitive to the need for a Chairman to steer a course between allowing the professional managers to get on with their jobs, yet intervening when he felt this was in the best interests of the institution. This is a difficult balance to achieve, but Brian has managed it with great skill."

The Council is the governing body of the University and is established under its Royal Charter. The management of the University is entrusted to the Vice-Chancellor, who is appointed by the Council.

Council has over the years established a range of sub-committees to deal with specific matters. Mr Younger, who has been a member of the University Council since 1998, was a member of the Council's Planning and Resources Committee and chaired the group that brought forward recent changes in the University's governance arrangements.

The Council agreed to reduce from 45 to 25 members and to change its composition to ensure widespread representation from the University community as well as from the wider community. The newly formed Council, with Sam Younger as its Chair, took over the governance of the University on 1 August.

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