Professor Howells was previously Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor at Glyndwr University and has significant experience in the leadership and management of research and external relations.
A Professor of Higher Education Administration, Allan also worked for nine years at Keele University in senior planning and academic roles.
Professor Howells was educated at the University of Wales and has a PhD in Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics.
Staffordshire University Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Gunn said: “Allan has a good understanding of our local and regional position, from his time at Keele University. We are very pleased that he will be joining the Executive team from September this year and that he will help to drive the University forwards in the next ambitious phase of its development.”
Professor Howells said: “Staffordshire University has a proud history of supporting and training people to gain good jobs, helping employers improve and develop their business, and working in partnership to improve the region’s economic and social prosperity.
“I am looking forward to joining Staffordshire University and working with its staff, students and partners at such an exciting time in the University’s history.”