"Ruth was a very special person and has contributed so much to Staffordshire University. She is a real loss for us all."
Professor Liz Barnes, Vice-Chancellor
Staffordshire University has paid tribute to governor Dr Ruth Thompson who died last week after a battle with cancer.
Ruth joined the Board as an Independent Governor in 2010 shortly after retiring as Director-General for Higher Education in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. She also worked in senior roles in other Government Departments in her career spanning 30 years.
She served the University as Chair of the Education Committee and was Deputy Chair of Audit and Risk and Nomination and Governance Committee as well as being a founder member of the University's fund raising Development Board.
David Gage MBE, Chair of the Board of Governors, said the University was shocked and saddened by news of her death. “I do not say lightly that Ruth is truly irreplaceable. It has been a privilege to know her and work closely with her. Ruth showed extraordinary courage and determination to continue to support the University whilst fighting cancer.
“Ruth gave freely of her wisdom, experience and time, acting as a mentor and inspiration to many in an entirely unassuming way. Our thoughts are with her husband David and family. We wish them every strength at this enormously sad and difficult time.”
Staffordshire University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Liz Barnes added: “Ruth was a very special person and has contributed so much to Staffordshire University. She is a real loss for us all and although I have not known her for long, in the short time I knew Ruth I have really appreciated her wisdom and knowledge.
“She had such a wealth of experience and was so generous in the sharing of her skills and understanding. I will miss her as a personal mentor as I valued her opinion. At the University's Graduation ceremonies held last week, Ruth was uppermost in our thoughts. She has been a true supporter and ambassador for our University and she will be greatly missed.”
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