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Honorary awards given to UCLan supporters

10 December 2015

Rachel Atkinson

Former adviser to an American President and a Chief Fire Officer among recipients  

Pic: Honorary Doctorate Donald P Gregg  

Three distinguished professionals have been rewarded for their contribution to the community with honorary awards from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Ambassador Donald Phinney Gregg, Chief Fire Officer Paul Hancock and Brian Harris joined around 1,400 undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate students at the winter 2015 Degree and Award ceremonies at Preston’s Guild Hall.

Donald received his Honorary Doctorate in recognition of the contribution he has made through his career in public service and, in particular, his work in Korean affairs.

His illustrious career started in 1951 when he joined the CIA. Over the next 25 years he served in Japan, Burma, Vietnam and Korea before he was seconded to the US National Security Council staff, where he was in charge of intelligence activities and Asian policy affairs.

In 1982 he retired from the CIA and became the national security advisor to the then Vice-President George Bush. A significant moment in Donald’s career came in 1989, when he was appointed as American Ambassador to South Korea. He retired in 1993 and became the president and chairman of The Korea Society. His interest in Korea has continued and last year he formally opened UCLan’s International Institute of Korean Studies.

 

Three distinguished professionals have been rewarded for their contribution to the community with honorary awards from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Paul received his Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his contribution to the community as Chief Fire Officer of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

His distinguished 30 year career started at Workington Fire Station. Promotions saw him move to Barrow-in-Furness and to Kendal where he was the Fire Station Commander. Paul continued to climb the career ladder and by 2005 he was named Divisional Commander and Area Manager, the same year he led the search and rescue efforts during the Cumbria floods.

Further promotions came his way and in 2007 he joined Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service as Deputy Chief Fire Officer. By 2009 he was promoted to Chief Fire Officer. In his latest role he has provided UCLan’s fire students with access to Cheshire’s state-of-the-art Command Development Centre and released staff to teach on UCLan programmes.

 

Former UCLan Chair of the Board Brian Harris received his Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his significant contribution to the development and success of the University.

Former UCLan Chair of the Board Brian Harris received his Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his significant contribution to the development and success of the University. The chemical engineer spent 34 years working his way up the ranks at ICI, becoming Vice-President of Global Operations. His career took him all over the world but he returned to the UK to become Managing Director of Eutech Engineering Solutions Ltd and then Engineering Director at BNFL.

In 2001 he joined the UCLan Board and two years later he was made Chair of the Audit Committee. Brian was named the Chair of the Board in 2007 and worked tirelessly to achieve strategic leadership and high performance of the University’s global objectives whilst sustaining a focus on the UK business. Under his leadership, UCLan built a campus in Burnley, opened a campus in Cyprus and created the dental school in Preston. He retired last year.

Also awarded an Honorary Fellowship was Dave Myers, known to millions as one of the Hairy Bikers, who returned to his former seat of learning, to collect the prestigious award. To read more about his story read here.

Russell Hogarth, UCLan Honorary Fellow and Community Ambassador, will be chairing the new UCLan Honorary Fellow Advisory Group in 2016.

The Honorary Fellows will be invited to meet at the University on a regular basis throughout the year to discuss the day-to-day activities of UCLan and to see how they can become more engaged.

If anyone would like to know more about the advisory group, or is currently working with an Honorary Fellow and feel they would benefit from attending the advisory group meetings, please contact Russell on Rhogarth1@uclan.ac.uk or call 01772 894707.

     Brian Harris                                                                                           Paul Hancock

Brian Harris Honorary     Paul Hancock Honorary