The Open University has appointed a new Director, The Open University in Wales.
Louise Casella, who has considerable strategic leadership experience in higher education, including senior roles in Wales, will take up the post early in the New Year.
Currently an independent consultant and interim manager, most recently in Wales, Louise served as Pro Vice-Chancellor of Wrexham Glyndwr University. She built her career at Cardiff University, where she led a range of professional services, and was Director of Strategic Development for over eight years.
She was a member of the Welsh Assembly Government Review of Higher Education in 2008, and has twice served as an elected member of the CBI Wales Council.
At The Open University in Wales, Louise will be responsible for the University’s provision across Wales, working with key stakeholders including the Welsh Government, HEFCW, students, employers and trade unions.
Mrs Casella said: “I have a deep belief in the power of universities to transform the lives of individuals and the communities they serve. The Open University has led the way in opening up opportunities for nearly 50 years and it is a huge privilege to be asked to lead its work in Wales.
“I look forward to building on the OU’s excellent reputation and its achievements in providing part-time distance education to people who want to learn while they earn across the length and breadth of Wales.”
Peter Horrocks, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, said: “I am delighted that Louise is joining The Open University. She has a strong track record at the highest level in higher education in Wales. Louise will be an immense asset as we transform ourselves into a truly digital university, with the interests of students at the heart of all we do.”
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