First UCLan chancellor Sir Francis Kennedy dies

Posted on - 11th January, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - People, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
Sir Fancis Kennedy receiving an honorary doctorate in 2002

Sir Fancis Kennedy receiving an honorary doctorate in 2002

One of the men who turned Preston Polytechnic into the University of Central Lancashire has died.


A former chancellor of the university Sir Francis Kennedy has passed away aged 89.

He joined the board of governors for what was then Preston Poly in 1989.

He became the first chancellor of UCLan in 1995 and continued in the role until 2001.

Professor Mike Thomas, UCLan Vice-Chancellor, said: “Sir Francis Kennedy was an exceptional first Chancellor of the University and we were very fortunate to have such a caring gentleman in this iconic position.

He made an outstanding contribution to the University and he was such a keen supporter of the work we do. His dedication was immense, he was a great people person and he was a fantastic ambassador for UCLan. His interest in the University was heartfelt and this was witnessed on a regular basis when he attended a wide range of corporate events.

“We would like to offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this very sad time.”

Sir Francis’ career included roles with the Royal Navy, HM Colonial Service and HM Diplomatic Service.

He was HM Ambassador to Angola in the early 1980s and he was Consul-General New York and British Director General of Trade and Investment in the United States. Following his retirement he served on the Boards of a wide range of companies including British Airways, Smith and Nephew and Global Analysis Systems. He was Chairman of British Airways Regional from 1994 to 2000.

Did you work with Sir Francis? Or know him? You can leave your tributes and memories in the comments below

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