Ipswich: UCS leader Professor Mike Saks set to stand down from role

UCS Provost Professor Mike Saks

UCS Provost Professor Mike Saks - Credit: Contributed

The leader of University Campus Suffolk has announced he is to stand down from his role.

Professor Mike Saks, who was appointed Provost and chief executive of UCS in December 2009, will now focus on several key projects as an internationally renowned researcher.

He has led UCS through challenges including a reduction in public funding and higher levels of tuition fees while seeking to become Suffolk’s first independent university.

Prof Saks said: “I am proud over the past three to four years to have led UCS to a position where it is poised over the next few years to take on independent university status. The stage is now set for a new Provost and chief executive to take UCS through the coming, very intense period of activity and into the future.”

Prof Saks will continue his association with UCS as a research professor.

Prof Edward Acton, chairman of the UCS board of directors, said: “Mike Saks has done a tremendous job for UCS in so many ways. Few, if any, university leaders manage to maintain an international research presence. That Mike has achieved this for so long is quite remarkable.

His successor will be appointed by the UCS board in due course.