Chamber welcomes Derry born Professor’s QUB appointment

Professer Patrick Johnston
Professer Patrick Johnston

Derry’s business community has extended its congratulations to Professor Patrick Johnston, the newly appointed President and Vice Chancellor of Queen’s University.

Philip Gilliland, President of the city’s Chamber of Commerce said Queen’s will benefit from the Derry born Professor’s “dynamic vision.”

“It is great news for the city that ‘one of our own’, a former St Columb’s boy, has been appointed as President and Vice Chancellor of Queen’s.

“Patrick has a stunningly impressive academic CV and we are certain that Queen’s will benefit from his dynamic vision. He has had a brilliant career as Dean of Queen’s School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, where he has helped propel Queen’s into the forefront of medical research internationally.

“As a business organisation, the Chamber is especially pleased that Queen’s will have a leader who understands what it is to create a successful enterprise –he is a founder of Almac Diognostics. In part through this and Queen’s medical research, Belfast has an enviable reputation as a centre of excellence and host of a significant business cluster in the medical research and medical devices field.

“Universities are drivers of the modern economy and we congratulate Queen’s for its recognition of this. We look forward to Queen’s continued role in supporting and generating economic expansion for the whole of Northern Ireland. The Chamber looks forward to a period of greater engagement with Queen’s,” he said.

Professor Patrick Johnston, Dean of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s will take up post early in 2014.