The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has announced the appointment of its new vice-chancellor.
Professor Graham Baldwin, currently vice-chancellor and professor of employer engagement at Solent University in Southampton, is taking on the role.
It marks a return to the Preston campus for Graham who spent 13 years of his career at UCLan, rising to the role of deputy vice-chancellor, before moving South,
He said: "I am absolutely delighted to be appointed vice-chancellor of UCLan. It is an institution that has real strengths as well as great opportunities to exploit further development and success.
"My values and beliefs closely align with the vision and mission of UCLan, particularly to ensure the highest quality of students experience with a focus on overall student achievement.
"UCLan is very close to my heart and it will be a privilege to work with the excellent staff to take the university forward."
David Taylor, pro-chancellor who chairs the university board, said: "Graham embodied all the key leadership qualities that we were searching for and his vision for UCLan resonated with our ambitions for the university.
"He has had five successful years as vice-chancellor at Solent, has extensive knowledge of the HE sector and a real passion for helping people from all walks of life achieve their potential.
"We look forward to welcoming Graham when he joins us in the new academic year."