Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), is to leave her post at the end of January 2018.
Professor Marshall’s departure follows the impending merger of the HEA with the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE). The merger was formally ratified by the respective Boards on Friday 15 December.
Professor Marshall has been HEA Chief Executive since August 2013, having joined the HEA from the LFHE in the previous year.
Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Canterbury Christ Church University and the Chair of the HEA Board, said, ”On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Stephanie for her outstanding leadership and service as Chief Executive. Among many challenges, she successfully navigated the HEA along the difficult path from a government funded organisation to a robust independent body with a global footprint.
“Under Stephanie’s leadership the HEA has significantly extended its reach with nearly 300 subscribing institutions, including almost 40 based outside the UK. In the same period, HEA Fellowship numbers have grown from under 25,000 to just short of 100,000 today.”
“Stephanie has made an immense contribution in raising the profile of teaching in higher education and consequently in the work to continuously improve the student academic experience. Her success has been built on her global reputation as a champion for teaching and for those who teach. I offer her my personal thanks, and I know that the Board and HEA staff join me in wishing her every success for the future.”
Professor Stephanie Marshall said, “It’s been a great privilege to lead the HEA. The team is highly motivated and committed to teaching excellence and to building a global community of best practice in higher education. I am very proud of our many achievements, particularly in building a sustainable model to fulfil our charitable objective to promote teaching excellence. I thank the Board and particularly the staff for all their work and support.
“I am sure that the new sector agency will safeguard and build on that work, and I wish Alison Johns well in leading the new agency. For my own part, I shall continue to work in the sector, supporting and encouraging the pursuit of teaching excellence at every level.”
Dr Mark Jones will continue in his role as Chief Operating Officer and has been appointed Interim Director for Agency Integration for the new organisation.