prof. David McKENZIE


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Professor David McKenzie is a graduate of the Universities of Stirling, Bangor and Aston with a BA(Hons) in Accounting, Business Law and Economics; an MEd in Further and Vocational Education Management, and an MBA respectively. He was appointed Professor of Rural Education Development at SAC in 2011.

David has over 30 years’ experience in the tertiary education sector with posts ranging from lecturer through Head of Department, Vice Principal and Principal in both further and higher education institutions focussed principally on the food and land-based sector industries and in rural communities. Prior to his appointment as Vice Principal Learning at SAC in 2002, David was head of KPMG Education Advisory Service in Scotland and the South West of England.

David was appointed to the post of Vice Principal Education/Education Academic Director at SRUC in September 2012. David’s current role as Vice Principal Education at SRUC requires strategic leadership and management of SRUC’s Education Division with responsibility for the development and delivery of a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes covering the twelve curricula areas of: Agriculture and Production Horticulture; Animal Care and Vet Nursing; Applied Science and Technology; Aquaculture; Rural Business Management; Environment, Countryside and Conservation; Equine; Forestry and Arboriculture; Greenkeeping and Golf Management; Amenity Horticulture and Garden Design; Land-based Engineering; and Sport, Tourism and Outdoor Pursuits. He is responsible for a compliment of 250 full-time equivalent staff, circa 1,600 Higher Education students and circa 6,000 Further Education students.

He has primary responsibility for the strategic development and planning of SRUC’s Education function and is a member of the Executive Management Team of SRUC and an Executive Director on the SRUC Board with specific responsibility for education matters.