Published Monday, 03 March 2014
Professor Patrick Johnston takes over as new president and vice-chancellor. (© UTV)
Professor Patrick Johnston, formerly dean of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen's, is the 12th vice-chancellor in the university's 168-year history.
Speaking about his new role, Professor Johnston said: "Queen's is one of the finest universities in the UK and Ireland and I am both honoured and privileged to be leading it.
"Together we are about to embark upon a journey in which it is my goal for Queen's to become an international powerhouse in higher education. This will not only create significant benefits for Queen's but for every single citizen in Northern Ireland.
"This journey will not be easy, but it is one that I am fully committed to, and by working alongside our exceptional staff and students and with the support of our stakeholders, we will achieve our objectives."
He added: "Queen's is Northern Ireland's university. It is a university that is open and accessible to everyone. It is a university which contributes to every part of our society: economically, culturally, politically and socially.
"And it is a university that consistently delivers a world-class education and research experience. Let's work together for the common good of everyone in our society."
Originally from Londonderry, Professor Johnston is married with four grown-up sons.
Since 2007, he has led the development of a new international Medical School at Queen's and a world-leading Institute of Health Sciences.
He is also former director of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen's.
In 2012, he was recognised for excellence in medical science when he was elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
In the same year, he also received a Diamond Jubilee Queen's Anniversary Prize awarded by Her Majesty The Queen, for the University's leadership of the Comprehensive Cancer Centre and its achievement in reducing cancer mortality rates in Northern Ireland over the last decade.
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