BPP Vice Chancellor in shock exit as government reviews its uni status
10 March 2017
The Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of BPP has left the business overnight without explanation.
BPP announced that Carl Lygo had decided to leave all his posts with immediate effect. In a statement released by BPP late on Wednesday, Lygo said "I will now focus the next part of my career on charitable and community work
". In an email to staff he said, "I have recently become the Chairman of a School's Charity working with disadvantaged children in Kent and I want to devote the next part of my career to this area
BPP has scrambled to replace Lygo with Tim Stewart, a longtime manager who worked under Lygo (not literally, that would be horrible) and will act as its interim CEO and Vice Chancellor. It means that in the last 12 months BPP has lost its CFO, CEO and COO. The university declined to comment on the reasons for Lygo's rapid departure.
||Say what you like about Lygo, he never resorted to a humblebrag
Lygo worked at BPP for 20 years and was nothing if not proud of his achievements there. He even set up a toe-curling website
to record them all, although it has not been updated to reflect the fact that he will now be spending time with his charity causes. Fans should visit carllygo.com while they still can to enjoy such sections as Carl Lygo - Early Years
and Lygofacts such as:
- "My favourite film is Star Wars (all of them)"
- "I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth"
- "Two of my children were born on the back seat of my car enroute to the hospital in Ashford"
- "I have a collection of over 1,000 antiquarian books, mainly first editions, detailing the lives of great leaders"
Lygo's shock exit came on the same day that the UK government announced it would decide whether BPP should retain its university status and its powers to award degrees. Its review was triggered by the $1.1 billion sale
of BPP's owner, Apollo Education Group, to a private equity consortium which completed in February. The commotion will have rival provider ULaw doing cartwheels in the street.