Prof Elena Rodriguez-Falcon has been appointed as Acting Chief Executive by the Board of Trustees of the New Model in Technology & Engineering (NMiTE), following the departure of Professor Janusz Kozinski who has unexpectedly had to return to Canada. Prof David Langley will serve as Acting Deputy Chief Executive in addition to his duties as Chief Partnerships Officer.
NMiTE Board Chair, Dame Fiona Kendrick, said: “Janusz has made important contributions to establishing NMiTE. Since he joined us last July the project has moved forward steadily. NMiTE now has strong foundations: up to £23million of Government support is in place; £2.5 million donations have been secured so far and an excellent senior leadership team is in post. It will continue to shine brightly as a beacon for this wholly novel approach to engineering higher education.” Dame Fiona concluded; “On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Janusz and his wife Roma for all their help and enthusiasm over the last year.”
Elena said: “I am delighted and honoured to be given the chance to lead the most exciting and ground-breaking development in engineering higher education anywhere in the world and we are looking forward to making significant further announcements over the next three months about the appointment of our first faculty members, the recruitment of a design cohort of students, our first major curriculum partners, and our first buildings.”
The Leader of Herefordshire Council, Cllr Jonathan Lester, said: “Hereford’s new university brings great opportunity to both the city and the county. We look forward to working with the new Chief Executive and are closely involved with the university team to incorporate the university campus into Hereford city centre. We continue to provide support to identify further financial investment from government and look forward to welcoming the Design Cohort of students this September.”