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Keele University chooses new chancellor

Sir Jonathon Porritt
Image caption Jonathon Porritt has been government green adviser for nine years

Keele University has announced that the writer and broadcaster Jonathon Porritt will be its new chancellor.

The commentator on sustainable development will be the university's fourth chancellor.

He will succeed Professor Sir David Weatherall who has retired after nine years in the role.

Mr Porritt's installation as chancellor will take place on 9 February 2012 - the first official event in Keele's 50th anniversary year.

'Very impressed'

Mr Porritt said: "I am hugely honoured to have been asked to become the next chancellor of Keele University.

"I have enjoyed many contacts with the university over the last 15 years, and have been very impressed at the commitment shown by the vice-chancellor and many other members of staff in demonstrating real leadership on sustainability issues."

Mr Porritt stood down as chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in July 2009 after nine years providing advice to government ministers.

He received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.

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