Dr Crichton Lang to become acting principal of the University of the Highlands and Islands

Issued by UHI

Dr Crichton Lang, current deputy principal, will take over as acting principal of the university on 1 January 2014, following the retirement of James Fraser.

Dr Lang will be shadowing the principal and vice-chancellor from 1 November to ensure a smooth handover and continuity of leadership.

“Dr Lang will enable a security of leadership during a time of huge change following the agreement and publication of the Post-16 Education Act,” said James Fraser, principal and vice-chancellor.

“This is an exciting time for the university and I am confident that Dr Lang can provide the stability we need.”

Dr Lang joined the university in 2006. He originally trained and practised as a veterinary surgeon in Tayside before completing a PhD in neuropharmacology and pursuing a university career. He worked first in the University of Bristol and subsequently for 12 years at the University of St Andrews where, in addition to lecturing and developing curriculum in his own areas of interest, he held the posts of director of teaching for the School of Biology and pro-dean for the Faculty of Science.

The selection process for a new principal and vice-chancellor is underway and it is anticipated that the outcome will be announced in the spring of 2014.

30 Oct 2013