Former Bishop of Swansea and Brecon awarded Honorary Fellowship
Swansea University will present the former Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, the Rt. Rev Anthony Pierce with an Honorary Fellowship today (Monday 18 July) during the Degree and Award Congregation for the College of Arts and Humanities.
Anthony Pierce was born in Swansea and educated at Dynevor Secondary School before reading History at Swansea University, and then Theology at Oxford.
He was ordained in the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon in 1965. His positions in this area included curacies at St Peter's Cockett and St Mary's in the City centre. In 1974 he was appointed as Vicar of Llwynderw in West Cross followed by the livings of St Barnabas and then St Mary's where he had previously served as Curate. Simultaneously he was the Archdeacon of Gower from 1995 until 1999.
He was elected to be Bishop in 1999, a position he held with great distinction until his retirement in 2008. He is currently Chairman of the Gwalia Housing Group.
Speaking about the award, the Rt Revd Anthony Pierce said: “I feel singularly honoured to have my ministry in the City and Diocese recognised in this way by the University.”
Swansea University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard B Davies, said: “Through his ministry and his wider interests the Rt Rev Anthony Pierce has worked tirelessly for the people of Swansea and beyond.
“In particular, he has been one of Swansea University’s most stalwart supporters. He has served two terms as the University’s Anglican Chaplain, was involved with the Discovery Student Volunteer Service from its inception, and has been a member of the University’s Court of Governors since 1981. He was also a member of the University Council for 15 years until 2010.
“We have benefited greatly from his advice and counsel over the years, and are delighted to present him with an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding support of the University, as well as of the important role he has played within the region.”
Swansea University’s Summer Degree and Award Congregations take place from Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22. The Congregations are held in the City and County of Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall (part of the Guildhall).For more information about Swansea University Graduation Week, visit: www.swansea.ac.uk/graduation/.
This news item has been published by Beth Lauder, Swansea University Public Relations Office. Telephone: 01792 51 3245 Email firstname.lastname@example.org