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Mystery as Canterbury Christ Church University vice-chancellor quits

By Canterbury Times  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

By Lowri Stafford

HAPPIER TIMES:   Professor Robin Baker, right, who has abruptly resigned as vice-chancellor of  Canterbury Christ Church University, pictured with pro-chancellor Peter Hermitage

HAPPIER TIMES: Professor Robin Baker, right, who has abruptly resigned as vice-chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, pictured with pro-chancellor Peter Hermitage

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MYSTERY surrounds the shock resignation of Professor Robin Baker from the £200,000-a-year post of vice-chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University.

Professor Baker, 59, quit with immediate effect last week after two years in the role.

But the reason for his departure has not been revealed by the university – the motto of which is "The truth shall set you free".

Governors have since appointed strategic director Andrew Ironside as the acting vice-chancellor.

He will be helped by two pro-vice-chancellors, Professor Sue Piotrowski and Professor Tony Lavender, and the rest of the senior management team.

In a curt statement Peter Hermitage, the pro-chancellor and chairman of the governors, said: "The governors have accepted the resignation of the vice-chancellor Professor Robin Baker. We have agreed that his resignation will be with immediate effect.

"During his time as vice-chancellor Mr Baker developed the university's Strategic Plan to cope with Government changes to higher education in England.

Mr Baker, an ex-diplomat, was the university's first vice-chancellor to be installed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Mr Hermitage added: "The governors have every confidence in Andrew Ironside and the senior management team to take the Strategic Plan, developed under the leadership of Professor Baker, forward."

The search for Professor Baker's permanent replacement has started.

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