The director of Cardiff Business school.
The director of Cardiff Business School Professor Roger Mansfield is to stand down after nearly 30 years in the post.
Prof Mansfield has been at the helm of the school, one of the largest and most successful in the UK, since its inception in 1976 and is believed to be the longest-serving head of any business school in the world.
For the past two years Cardiff has been named Business School of the Year by Business Britain magazine.
Prof Mansfield said, 'It has been an enormous privilege to be the director of Cardiff Business School for such a long period during which it has developed dramatically in size and quality.
'However after so many years I think it is in the best interests of Cardiff University and Cardiff Business School that someone new takes over and takes the school on to new heights.'
Cardiff University's vice-chancellor, Dr David Grant, said, 'Prof Mansfield has, over a period of almost three decades, provided outstanding leadership to Cardiff Business School.
'During this time the school has grown substantially, both in size and status, such that today it is recognised internationally as one of the leading business schools in Britain.
'In addition to directing the business school, Prof Mansfield has served as pro vice-chancellor and his work in both areas has benefited not only students and the academic and business communities but the whole of Cardiff University.'
Prof Mansfield, who will continue as a professor in the school, will stand down as director at the end of the current academic year next July.
During his directorship he has also served four years as vice-chairman of the Council of University Management Schools, three years as vice-chairman of the British Academy of Management and three years as chairman of the British Academy of Management.
He was deputy principal of the former University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology for three years and pro vice-chancellor of Cardiff University for six years.