Sir Geoffrey Holland
|Born||9 May 1938|
|Died||20 April 2017(aged 78)|
|Occupation||Civil servant, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 1994-2002|
Sir Geoffrey Holland, KCB (9 May 1938 – 20 April 2017) was a career civil servant who became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 1994 to 2002, when he was succeeded by Professor Steve Smith. Holland Hall, a large student hall of residence which opened in 2004 on the Exeter campus is named after him.
Holland was born on 9 May 1938 to Frank Holland CBE and his wife Elsie Freda Holland. His father was a civil servant for London County Council. Both parents came from the Potteries in north Staffordshire.
He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood on a scholarship and spent two years in the Royal Tank Regiment for National Service, becoming a Second Lieutenant. He received a first class BA honours degree in Modern Languages from St John's College, Oxford.
He joined the Ministry of Labour in 1961, working as a civil servant until the 1990s in the Department of Employment, becoming the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education (DFE) from 1993-4. He was knighted in 1989. In 1994 he became VC of the University of Exeter. He was a member of the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education that published an influential report in 1997.
From 1998-2000 he was President of the IPD. In 2008 he became President of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.
In 1964 he married Carol Challen.
He died on 20 April 2017 at the age of 78.
- "HOLLAND, Sir Geoffrey". Who's Who 2015. A & C Black. November 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- "Higher Education in the learning society: Main Report". Education England. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
- Sir Geoffrey Holland KCB
Sir David Harrison
| Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Exeter
Professor Steve Smith