Prof Gordon Marshall and John Madejski
From Mr to Dr Madejski
One of Reading's best known philanthropists is installed as the head of the town's University. John Madejski has been formally installed as the new Chancellor of the University of Reading in a formal ceremony. You can see the video and photos here.
We've got the Mad Stad, the Mad Acad, and now it's Mad Grad.
Philanthropic John Madejski, chairman of Reading Football Club and investor in the Madejski Academy, has added another string to his bow by becoming the seventh Chancellor of the University of Reading.
See the report by BBC South Today's Ben Moore here:
In a formal ceremony at the University's Great Hall on Friday 14 December, Mr Madejski was also made an Honorary Doctor of Letters and presided over his first official engagement as Chancellor at a graduation ceremony.
An honoured John Madejski
More than 100 invited guests, VIPs, University staff and well-wishers watched as Mr Madejski received his doctorate and was then formally installed as Chancellor.
"I am honoured"
Mr Madejski said: "I am honoured to be appointed Chancellor of the University of Reading and I look forward to promoting this well respected educational institution.
"This comes at a very exciting time where recent research has identified the town of Reading as being the number one economic performer.
He adds: "We can be proud of this and also our University which provides students from the UK and across the world the opportunity to study in a fantastic environment at this leading centre for higher education."
He told the audience how as a child growing up in Wokingham Road he used to cycle through Whiteknights Park – now Whiteknights Campus - and how he used to look at Old Whiteknghts House and dream of one day living there.
John Madejski as Chancellor
The installation – the most formal event in the University’s calendar – saw Lord Carrington, who was appointed the University's sixth Chancellor in March 1992, formally hand over the reigns with a handshake.
The Chancellor's role is to act not only as a figurehead for the University's activities, but also as an individual who will appeal to, and provide a role model for its students and its local, national and international stakeholders.
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last updated: 14/12/2007 at 18:42