Dean of Sir John Cass Business School recognised for services to education
Richard Gillingwater has been appointed chevalier dans l'ordre des Palmes, one of France's highest honours for academic and cultural figures.
Richard Gillingwater CBE, Dean of Cass Business School, which is part of City University London, has been appointed by decree of the Prime Minister of France to the rank of chevalier dans l'ordre des Palmes académiques for services to education.
L' ordre des Palmes académiques was established in 1808 by Emperor Napoleon I. Its three ranks, Knight, Officer and Commander, were later extended to include those who make distinguished contributions to the expansion of French culture and education around the world.
Dean Richard Gillingwater discovered he was to receive this award in a personal letter from French Minister of Education, Luc Chatel.
Richard says: "This is a real honour for Cass which recognises the role the School has played in educating French students and the effective partnerships we have been able to forge with several major French business schools, such as I'ESCP and ESSEC. It is an important recognition of the growing reputation of Cass Business School in Europe.