NEWCASTLE University Business School has appointed Professor John Wilson as its new director.
He will move from the University of Liverpool, where he was professor of strategy at the Management School before officially taking up his post in November.
The business school said he was chosen not just because of his strong academic credentials and senior management experience within higher education, but because of his impressive track record in securing significant external research funding.
He will now lead the school from its new £50m headquarters in the city centre where it educates around 2,800 students.
He said: “I am enormously enthused by both the people and facilities at Newcastle University Business School. There is no doubt my predecessors, and the current executive team, have laid solid foundations on which we can build an internationally renowned institution.
“I’m really looking forward to collaborating with my Newcastle colleagues in research terms, as this is an essential component in the further development of our reputation for world-class status. From a managerial perspective, I’m looking forward to applying my experience and knowledge around research, teaching, accreditation, and strategic development, in an exciting, ambitious environment.
“We have an extremely rich pool of talent at the Business School, at both academic and professional support levels. Working as a team, I have no doubt that we can continue to create something very special, and take the Business School’s profile to the next stage, internationally.”
At Liverpool Professor Wilson was responsible for teaching activities across the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula as director of programmes at the Management School, where he oversaw a trebling in postgraduate student numbers from 250 to over 700, in just three years.
His previous jobs included director of research at University of Central Lancashire, where he was instrumental in the last major national Research Assessment Exercise.
He has submitted papers worldwide on international business history, and strategy. The Co-operative Group sponsors his current major project, and he is also involved in international projects looking at inter-corporate networks, bank-industry links, and technology transfer.
Professor Chris Brink, vice-chancellor of Newcastle University, said: “Professor Wilson’s appointment will help to consolidate the progress that we have made at the Business School in recent years which culminated in the opening of our brand new campus last year.”