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University honour for Greg Dyke
Greg Dyke
Greg Dyke went to York University as a mature student
BBC director general, Greg Dyke, has been appointed as the formal head of the university where he was once a student.

Mr Dyke will take over as chancellor of the University of York from opera singer Dame Janet Baker in August 2004.

One of the chancellor's main official duties is to confer degrees on behalf of the university.

The BBC chief graduated from York with a degree in politics in 1974.

I hope by taking on this role I can help repay the debt I owe the university
Greg Dyke

Beyond his formal duties, the new chancellor will also be the chair of the university's development board.

Gordon Horsfield, who chairs the university's governing body, said of Mr Dyke: "We will benefit greatly from his insight, enthusiasm and personal commitment to the University of York."

Greg Dyke said he was delighted with his new role.

"York University took a risk when they enrolled me as a mature student with my one grade E A-level," he explained.

"Going there changed my life, for which I've always been grateful.

"I hope by taking on this role I can help repay the debt I owe the university."

The director general has maintained a close relationship with York University and was awarded an honorary degree in 1999 for his contribution to industry and public services.

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