Colleagues at the University were delighted to hear that the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, Bangor had been named in the Queen's Jubilee Honours List. Professor H Roy Evans is to be awarded the CBE for his services to higher education in Wales.
University Registrar, Dr David Roberts, said: 'No-one deserves this honour more than Roy Evans. He works tirelessly for the University, and for higher education generally, and this recognition has delighted his many friends and colleagues in Bangor and beyond.'
Judge Eifion Roberts, Chairman of the University Court also welcomed the news, saying, "All of us who work alongside Professor Evans are proud and delighted to see this prestigious acknowledgement of his outstanding qualities which he always puts unstintingly at the service of the University."
In addition to his University duties, Professor Evans is Chair of the UfI Wales Advisory Group, and sits on numerous external bodies, including the North Wales Economic Forum, the North West Wales Objective 1 Strategy Group, the North Wales Police & Community Trust, the UNESCO UK National Council and the Entrepreneurship Action Plan Steering Group for Wales.
"Whilst I have personal pride in being honoured in this way, I do feel that there is only so much an individual can achieve at a personal level in an institution as large and busy as a University. I feel that what has been achieved has been achieved by the University team".
Professor Evans has been Vice-Chancellor at the University since 1995. During that time the University's reputation for the quality of it's teaching has grown and last December the University broke through as a research institution of international stature.
Professor Evans has been keen that the University should work as closely as possible with industry and commerce, forging links with the business sector in the region and emphasising the role that higher education and the University, in particular, can play in supporting the economic development of the region.