Olympic legend Lord Sebastian Coe has been announced as Loughborough University’s new Chancellor.
Lord Coe, who made Olympic history by winning gold and silver in the 1980 and 1984 Games, graduated from Loughborough in 1979 and has remained a close friend and supporter of the University.
He will be Loughborough’s sixth Chancellor, replacing Sir Nigel Rudd, and officially installed at the University’s summer graduation ceremonies in July.
The Chancellor is the Chief Ambassador of the University, presides over ceremonial functions and confers degrees on graduates of the University.
Speaking about his appointment as Chancellor Lord Coe said:
“Loughborough University seems to have been part of my life for about as long as I remember. Whilst my love of athletics started in school it was at Loughborough that I began to realise my full potential with the support of world class coaches and sport scientists who worked alongside my coach and father.”
“Since that time Loughborough has gained a pre-eminent position as a global leader in higher education, teaching and research.”
“I am very honoured to take on this role and look forward to the next chapter in the history of the University.”
Lord Coe was Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and was Chairman of the British Olympic Committee in the lead up to and during the unprecedented medal success of Team GB at the Rio Olympic Games.