Professor Martin Earwicker, vice-chancellor of London South Bank University, has announced his retirement at the end of the current academic year.
Professor Earwicker joined LSBU in April 2009 from the National Museum of Science and Industry.
"On behalf of the London South Bank University board I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the major contribution Professor Earwicker has made to the university," said David Longbottom, chair of the board of governors.
"Since Martin joined us in 2009 he has been instrumental in putting the finances on a sound and sustainable footing as well as developing a culture of professionalism in the processes by which the university is managed.
"In addition Professor Earwicker has provided leadership in improving student satisfaction through a strategy of 'Putting Students First'. We are fortunate to have Martin with us for the current academic year prior to his retirement, during which he will continue to deliver the key priorities of our corporate plan."