Professor McMillan will succeed Professor Nick Foskett, who retires in August after five years’ service at Keele.
He studied biological sciences at Lancaster graduating in 1981 and was a member of Grizedale College. Professor McMillan is now a leading researcher in the field of cancer sciences and began his career at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. He was subsequently appointed as Head of DNA Damage and Repair Laboratory at the Institute of Cancer Research at the Royal Marsden Hospital before joining Lancaster University in 1995. During his time at Lancaster, he held a range of senior posts including Peel Professor of Cancer Biology, Head of Department, Dean of Faculty, and Pro Vice-Chancellor Research. He joined Keele in January 2014 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost.
Professor McMillan said: 'I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as the next Vice-Chancellor of Keele University. This is a very special University with a rich heritage and an exciting future. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues here at Keele to extend the influence of the University in the Midlands region and nationally, and to build on our reputation for academic excellence.'