PROFESSOR Fen Arthur is the new chairman of governors at Huddersfield New College.
Prof Arthur, who until the summer was deputy vice chancellor at Huddersfield University, takes over from Hilary Thornton, who retired recently after being chair since 1999 and a board member since 1992.
Prof Arthur started work at 16 as an engineering apprentice.
His company then sponsored him to gain a university degree and become a chartered engineer.
He was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the former Birmingham Polytechnic before joining Huddersfield University.
Prof Arthur said: "The experience of moving from an apprentice working in a factory to a chartered engineer, along with much of what I have done since then, has given me an overwhelming desire to help young people raise their aspirations and realise their educational potential by going to, and succeeding at, university.
"As chair of Huddersfield New College I intend to foster the philosophy of increasing and widening the participation of young people in post-16 education.
"And particularly for those from disadvantaged sections of society."
College principal, Philip Forrest said: "The college is extremely lucky that someone with Professor Arthur's experience and strategic leadership skills is prepared to take on the role of chair of the Corporation. With his leadership, support and guidance we can be confident about the future success and development of the college."