SCOTLAND'S Rural College is on the hunt for a new chair of its governing Board.

The successful candidate will take up the position in April 2022, when current chair Sandy Cumming completes his four-and-a-half-year term of office.

The new chair will take over at a significant time for SRUC, as it continues its stated mission to become 'an enterprise university at the heart of the natural economy'.

Next year will also mark the tenth anniversary year of the organisation, which was formed through the merger of the Scottish Agricultural College with Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges in 2012.

Led by the chair, the Board supports and monitors the high-level delivery of SRUC’s ambitions and visions as set out in its Strategic Plan.

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Duties include promoting the effective operation of the Board, ensuring that all members work constructively and together take responsibility for decisions, and have confidence in the procedures which are laid down for the conduct of business.

Principal and chief executive of SRUC, Professor Wayne Powell, said: “SRUC is in a unique position to support not only net zero but a just transition to a decarbonised green economy that is built around Scotland’s natural economy.

“This is an opportunity to lead the Board of an organisation that is of strategic national and international importance, during a period of exceptional change in the Higher Education sector.”

The Chair Election Committee will review all applications and, following a selection and interview process, those who meet the criteria will be declared candidates in an election open to SRUC staff, students and Board members in February.

The closing date for applications is Monday, January 10. More details can be found at