Harper Adams University appoints Professor Ken Sloan as new vice-chancellor

Prof Sloan boasts a wealth of international experience, and currently serves as a deputy vice-chancellor at Monash University in Australia

Harper Adams University has announced that Professor Ken Sloan will succeed Dr David Llewellyn as vice-chancellor.

Prof Sloan will take up the role at the beginning of November, following his arrival from the Melbourne-based Monash University, where he currently serves as deputy vice-chancellor (enterprise and governance).

“To have the opportunity to lead a university that has a mission to provide sustainable means to feed the growing global population will be a privilege,” said Prof Sloan, pronouncing himself “delighted” with his new post.

“Harper Adams has extensive local, national and international relationships and delivers an exceptional experience for its students. I look forward to building on the outstanding achievements of Dr David Llewellyn, working with the Harper Adams students, staff, governors, alumni and communities in this next, exciting stage of its development.”


From the archive: In 2017, Harper Adams became the first institution to win Whatuni’s University of the Year award for the second year in a row


The incoming VC has extensive international experience of his own. Prior to joining Monash, he served as special adviser to the New York-based Stephen A. Schwarzman Education Foundation, working in Beijing as head of the transition team facilitating the opening of the Schwarzman College building at Tsinghua University.

Prof Sloan also worked as registrar and chief operating officer at the University of Warwick, chairing the globally-focused institution’s fundraising trusts in Singapore and Africa, as well as being a member of its trusts in the US and Hong Kong.

“We are delighted to be welcoming Ken to Harper Adams, and are confident he will provide the vision and leadership required to ensure the future prosperity and success of the university,” said Peter Nixon, chair of Harper Adams’ board of governors.

“Ken has strong empathy with Harper and its values, its sense of people and place, and he has the experience and skills to lead the future sustainability of the university in the context of a rapidly changing external world.”

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