Regent’s University London installs its first Chancellor

Regent’s University London has installed its first Chancellor, Professor John Drew.

Professor Drew is the Jean Monnet Professor of European Business and Management at Regent’s European Business School and Director of the University’s Institute of Contemporary European Studies. During his career he has worked in diplomacy, business and government across Europe and the Middle East.

His career spans UK and European diplomacy, multinational business, and academia in Europe and the Middle East. From 1987-1993 Professor Drew served as Head of the UK office at the European Commission. He has been a valued friend and supporter of Regent’s since it was established a quarter of a century ago.

Professor Drew was installed at a ceremony during a celebration to mark Regent’s becoming a University. With over 4,500 students, Regent’s is the country’s largest private, not-for- profit higher education institution.

Commenting after his installation, Professor John Drew said:

"Having been involved with Regent's since it was established in Regent’s Park 25 years ago I have met many of its graduates who come to London all over the World. Today they are contributing to our fast changing world in many different leadership roles. This includes three members of my family who have studied in our academic and peaceful parkland setting.

“Jean Monnet believed in creating a wider society by taking small steps. Regent's University, through the values of its students and of those who teach and administer, will continue to make its contribution to a wider and better world.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be Chancellor of such a first class institution."

Regent’s University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Aldwyn Cooper added:

“John has always shown a great commitment to Regent’s. Throughout his diplomatic, commercial and academic careers he has epitomised the values, skills and qualities that we seek to instill in our own graduates. He has helped us to become a focus for international debate, brings great energy and an enthusiasm for and connection with Higher Education and the development of Regent’s University London. I cannot think of a better person to be appointed our first Chancellor.”

During the ceremony, Honorary Fellowships were also awarded to Cornelia Meyer (economist and energy expert) , Sir John Gieve (former Deputy Governor at the Bank of England) and Beth Stroble (President of Webster University, St Louis, Missouri).


Notes for Editors

Professor John Drew

A former Head of the United Kingdom Offices of the European Commission (1987-1993), Director of Corporate Affairs at Rank Xerox International, Director of European Affairs at Deloitte Touche, and Director of Executive Programmes and Marketing at the London Business School, he was a member of HM Diplomatic Service in Paris, Beirut, Kuwait and Bucharest. Educated at King Edwards School, Birmingham, St John's College, Oxford and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tuft's University and London Business School. He has held academic appointments at Templeton College, Oxford, Imperial College, London, the Open University and the University of Durham. He is a former President of the Institute of Linguists and of EUROTAS, the European Transpersonal Association and has a diploma in transpersonal psychology. He writes and lectures on European affairs and personal development.

University title

Gaining university title was part of an ambitious strategy set out by the Principal of Regent’s University, Professor Aldwyn Cooper, which has seen Regent’s becoming the leading private non-profit University in Europe. Last month the University announced its acquisition of American InterContinental University London (AIUL) and is integrating the previously for-profit institution in to the University's charitable operation.

About Regent’s

  • A wide range of courses, including British and American degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level, are taught in a dynamic international environment
  • Regent's University London is a registered charity with surpluses reinvested for the benefit of its students
  • Well known internationally, diverse student population 15% UK, 40% EU, 15% USA, 30% Rest of World
  • Significant alumni base, strong nationality representation from Germany, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Russia – unlike most private universities
  • Regent’s has the same fee for all nationalities and still attracts EU students
  • Unlike private universities that compete on price, Regent’s competes on quality

Jean Monnet

1888- 1979 was a French political economist and diplomat. Regarded by many as a chief architect of European Unity