Former Harper Adams University Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Llewellyn, is to be made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to higher education, agriculture and rural industries. Dr Llewellyn, who retired in July 2021, features in the 2022 New Year Honours roll.
Dr Llewellyn worked at Harper Adams University for 23 years, leading the institution, first as Principal, then as Vice-Chancellor, for the latter 12 years.
Under his leadership, Harper Adams achieved University status in 2012. In 2004 he set up the Harper Adams Development Trust, raising funds for high quality learning opportunities for students and staff, personally writing bids for funding. During his tenure, scholarships grew from £17,000 to more than £500k per annum.
Dr Llewellyn is also known for his role in creating the National Centre for Precision Farming, home of the agricultural engineering team and its world-leading Hands Free Hectare project that won the Queens Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.
He promoted, at national level, engineering elements of the national Agri-Tech Strategy; and he helped establish the ground-breaking and largest project to date in the University’s 120-year history – The Harper & Keele Veterinary School, the only joint vet school in the UK.
He also worked to represent the interests of agriculture and agricultural education at the highest levels, most recently as a founding member of the Skills Development Board which helped create The Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture.
Commenting on the announcement, Dr Llewellyn said: “The award of the CBE is a great honour and a wonderful surprise. I am extremely fortunate to have worked with some amazing people, and I should like to pay tribute to them for their support, without which this recognition would not have been possible.
“In particular, I should like to thank the staff and students at Harper Adams University, and colleagues from industry and elsewhere, who have done so much to help turn our ideas into reality and to enable the University to develop a strong reputation for its educational and research activities.
“I am extremely grateful to them all, as well as to my family, whose encouragement has been so important in all that I have done throughout my career.”
Peter Nixon, Chair of the Board of Governors of Harper Adams University said: “I am delighted to see David’s work in higher education, and for agri-food and rural industries being recognised and would like to offer my congratulations on behalf of the University.”