Patrick Stewart to step down as Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield
Sir Patrick Stewart has announced he will step down as Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield after 12 years in post.
It is expected that he will step down as Chancellor after this summer’s graduation ceremonies, and will become an Emeritus Chancellor continuing to act as an ambassador for the institution.
He said: “I am extremely proud of the University of Huddersfield and all it has achieved.
“Although I am standing down from my role as Chancellor you can be sure I will still be taking every opportunity to talk about the University and I look forward to continuing to meet Huddersfield graduates around the world.”
Sir Patrick was invited to become Chancellor in 2004.
He has regularly presided over events such as graduation ceremonies, often leading processions through the streets wearing his Chancellor’s robes.
Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Bob Cryan, said: “Naturally, we are very sorry that Sir Patrick has decided to call it a day. But we feel proud and privileged to have had him as our Chancellor for so many years.
“I think he must have been the most prominent and most admired chancellor in the whole UK university sector. He was always determined to be much more than a figurehead and he made a real contribution to the progress of the University of Huddersfield.”
Sir Patrick, who was born in Mirfield, had been based in the USA for some time and acknowledged that the Chancellorship was a catalyst for his decision to relocate to the UK and reignite his stage career.
He is well-known for his classic stage performances as well as TV and film roles, including Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Professor Xavier in X Men.