Judge is uni's new chair of governors
A LONG-serving city judge will help to lay down the law at Plymouth University.
The university has appointed Judge William Taylor
as the new chairman of its board of governors.
Judge Taylor, a long-serving member of the board, has been a senior Circuit Judge for Plymouth since 1990 and has served at the bench for more than 20 years.
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His judicial contribution was recognised by the award of an honorary title of Recorder of Plymouth for life.
Judge Taylor became honorary president of the University Student Law Society when it was set up in 1993, and received an honorary doctorate of law from Plymouth University in 2005.
He said: "I have been fortunate to have been associated with the university for some 20 years.
"I have watched its star of achievement rise ever faster and higher, so that now it is not only a major force in the city and region, but also nationally and indeed internationally.
"I am thrilled to be able to work more closely with the university and share in its exciting journey.
"It really is a great university and one that places students at the heart of what we do."
Judge Taylor has been particularly influential on the issue of drugs and crime, and some of his work informed a national pilot project.
The university has also appointed fellow governor Steve Pearce to be vice-chairman.
Mr Pearce retired from the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary in 2003 as an acting assistant chief constable, having served a total of 37 years in the police service, mostly in Plymouth.
He was divisional commander for the city from 1997 to 2002, and in 2003 was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for his work in supporting the communities of Devon and Cornwall.
In 2004 he was appointed as a deputy Lieutenant for Devon.
Mr Pearce said: "I am looking forward to continuing to support the board and the vice-chancellor in helping to drive forward Plymouth University as a successful place for the benefit of our students, staff and our partners."
Professor Wendy Purcell, the vice-chancellor, said: "As long-serving and distinguished members of our board, they are both committed to social inclusion, and the power that higher education has to change lives, and they embody our spirit of enterprise."