STAFFORDSHIRE University has announced Lord Stafford will be its new Chancellor.
He becomes the third person to hold the post following in the footsteps of former Stoke South MP Lord Ashley of Stoke and trades unionist Lord Morris of Handsworth.
His inauguration will take place in July as part of the university’s degree ceremonies.
Lord Stafford, who runs the family estate at Swynnerton, said he was “honoured, surprised and delighted” to be accepting the position.
He added: “I see myself in the role supporting the university, the Vice-Chancellor and the board of governors as an ambassador to the outside world, linking the university with businesses and international partners in the best way possible.”
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Gunn, said: “Lord Stafford has already proved himself to be a great ambassador for the county through his previous role as High Sheriff of Staffordshire. I am delighted that he has agreed to represent Staffordshire University at the highest level, as its Chancellor.
“He is very well known for his work to promote innovation and to get universities and businesses to collaborate. We hope to benefit from Lord Stafford’s many influential networks.”
The honorary position of Chancellor was created when the institution was first granted university status in 1992. The announcement comes as the university marks its centenary.