PROF Datuk Dr Mansor Fadzil (pic) has been appointed the new president and vice-chancellor of Open University Malaysia (OUM) and CEO of the METEOR Group effective Jan 2.
He takes over from Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Anuwar Ali, who has served the university for 12 years since January 2004.
Prof Mansor joined OUM in August 2000 as vice president (Academic) and was later made vice president (Technology) in May 2003. In August 2007, he became the senior vice president of the university, a position that he held prior to his appointment as president and vice-chancellor.
He was part of the pioneering group of individuals that founded OUM back in 1999 and has served under both the founding president and vice-chancellor the late Tan Sri Dr Abdullah Sanusi Ahmad and Prof Anuwar.
Formally trained as an engineer, he joined Universiti Malaya as a lecturer after graduating from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, in 1985.
It was during his time at UM that he began to realise a personal interest in online learning; where he played an instrumental role in introducing the approach to lecturers in 1998.
In his new role, Prof Mansor hopes to succeed in steering OUM and its sister institutions, the Institute of Professional Development and International Open College to greater heights.
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