Sir Keith O'Nions has today taken the helm of Imperial College London as Acting Rector, following the appointment of Prof Stephen Richardson as Deputy Rector and suspicious resignation of Sir Roy Anderson as Rector in November 2009.
The two November articles, discovered by ex-editor Kirsty Patterson, were big hits for Live! which at one point had a massive 130 readers online and became the first news outlet to break the story or Sir Roy's departure.
Entering office today, O'Nions thanked Anderson "for giving so much to Imperial during his time as Rector".
Sir Keith, knighted in 1999, has held many a top post including Head of the Department of Earth Sciences at Oxford University, Director General of the Research Councils and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defence before arriving at Imperial in 2008 to set up and direct the new Institute for Security Science and Technology.
Speaking fondly of Imperial he said, "I have long admired Imperial, as both an academic and, later in my career, as a government advisor. From the outside, it looks like an organisation that is agile, moves with alacrity and knows where it wants to go. I was delighted to discover when I arrived here that my impressions as an outsider were confirmed by my experiences as an insider".
Sir Keith finished by outlining the things that he would like to concentrate on this year, citing "areas such as our international goals, our research focuses, how we ensure we are offering a world-class education and how we develop our estate".
It will be interesting to see whether or not any substantial, or even noticable, changes will be introduced in the short period of time that Sir Keith O'Nions is in office as Rector - although not half as interesting as the awaited news of who will replace him permanently in the post.
Both myself and the Live! Editor refuse to listen to an interview with Sir Keith O'Nions before the start of term, however if you do listen to it and hear anything interesting then feel free to post it in the comments below.