Sir George Cox ends his term of office as Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the University Council at the end of July 2017. Vice-Chancellor Stuart Croft presented Sir George with the Chancellor’s Medal at our summer degree congregation to celebrate his significant contribution to the work and life of the University.
Sir George said:
With its current status as one of the UK’s leading universities, high in the world rankings, it is easy to forget what a young university Warwick actually is. What makes it such an exciting place is that this steep upward path is continuing. Warwick remains vigorous, questioning and ambitious - just the way it started out. It has been a privilege to have served on its governing body and immensely satisfying to have played even a minor part in its development."
Sir George has served on the University Council and its committees since 2004, becoming Chair in October 2011. He brought to the role his business acumen and his wide experience of corporate governance, together with his sportsman’s enthusiasm, ambition and commitment to excellence.
Sir George has worked tirelessly to further the reputation and reach of the University nationally and internationally, through both his ambassadorial role as Pro-Chancellor, and in his work as Chair of Council. His expertise, values and personality, combined with a deep commitment to Higher Education, and to Warwick in particular, have been instrumental in encouraging and enabling the University to make significant progress in recent years, and to set the agenda for a continued trajectory of growing and sustaining excellence.
Major strategic developments during Sir George’s tenure include the establishment of the Warwick Medical School, the development of the Monash and Warwick Alliance, Warwick in California, and many other national and international partnerships.
George has been an inspirational Pro-Chancellor. He has never let us compromise on quality and ambition, and has always been there when we needed him. The University has many reasons to be grateful for everything he has contributed and, personally, I have benefitted greatly from George’s wisdom and insight."