His installation took place during one of three congregation ceremonies at Rochester Cathedral on 8 July.
As Chancellor, Gavin Esler’s duties will include conferring degrees, chairing the University’s Court and representing the University on special occasions.
Born in Glasgow and brought up in Edinburgh and Northern Ireland, Gavin Esler – who graduated from the University with a BA in English and American Literature in 1974 – has worked for the BBC since 1977. He was its White House-based Chief North American correspondent between 1989 and 1998 and has more recently been one of the three main presenters on BBC2’s Newsnight and the main presenter on Dateline London (BBC World and BBC News Channel).
The University awarded him an honorary MA in 1995 and an honorary Doctor of Civil Law in 2005.
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