15 Jun 2016

Former Chair of Higher York recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

York St John’s former Vice Chancellor, Professor David Fleming, received an OBE and Governor Catherine Clelland received an MBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

ysj_dfleming_039sm_v_Variation_4Professor Fleming joined York St John University as Vice Chancellor in 2010 and retired in September 2015. He received his award for services to Higher Education.

Under his tenure York St John underwent a remarkable transformation with growth in student enrolments that were among the best in the sector, including success in attracting students from outside York and the wider region.

His commitment to York and the wider higher education community was also reflected through his membership of the Board of Directors at Science City York, Deputy Chair of the UCAS Board of Trustees, and Trustee of Yorkshire Universities and of Higher York.

Professor Fleming said: "Wow, what a lovely thing to happen. Thank you to all my colleagues and friends at York St John who helped me to do a job I really enjoyed. I hope you feel good that your work and achievements are being recognised in this award.”

Ann Green CBE, Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Governors for York St John University, said: “It is great to hear that the tremendous contribution to higher education made by David Fleming has been recognised. The OBE is justly deserved and we, at York St John University, are very proud to have benefitted from David's wisdom and foresight.”

Catherine Clelland, who lives in Tadcaster, was awarded an MBE for services to the community in West Yorkshire.

Ms Green said: “The news that Catherine Clelland has been awarded an MBE is hardly surprising and it is good to see her contribution over the years to many charitable and community roles being acknowledged in this way. We are very proud that Cath is one of our Governors, she plays an important role on our board.”

One of York St John’s honorary graduates, Martine Wright, who received Doctor of Health Sciences (honoris causa) in York Minster in 2013, was honoured with an MBE for services to sport.