A Nigerian woman identified as Yekemi Otaru, has been named chancellor-elect of the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).
According to a statement by the university, the female entrepreneur will take over from Dame Angiolini who will step down on September 1.
As chancellor, Ms Otaru will hold formal powers to confer degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions, and will represent the university at key events as an advocate and dignitary.
Reacting to this, Ms Otaru was quoted as saying: “I am honoured to have been appointed Chancellor-elect of University of the West of Scotland, following in the footsteps of a remarkable individual in Dame Elish Angiolini.
“We are all living through challenging times, and higher education plays a vital role in society and for our economy.
“I eagerly look forward to being part of the University, as it continues to carry out world-class research and knowledge transfer initiatives such as in the areas of healthcare and sports science,” she said.
Ms Otaru, 42, obtained four degrees and has considerable industrial experience in engineering and marketing.
She is Co-Founder and Executive Director at Doqaru Limited, a prominent Aberdeen-based sales and marketing consultancy.
She sits on the board member of Interface, an organisation that connects a wide range of national and international industries to Scotland’s universities, research institutes and colleges, matching them with world-leading academic expertise to help them grow.
Craig Mahoney, Vice-Chancellor at UWS, expressed delight at her appointment saying her values very much align with those of UWS.
“Her passion for advancing equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) to her commitment to enterprise, and her appointment is reflective of our strategic mission to make a positive difference to wider society,” he said.
He added that she is a remarkable example of entrepreneurship and a tremendous role model for students and other members of the university community.