Price is right for Who’s Who entry

A SOUTH Shields-born professor who speaks six languages has earned a listing in the latest edition of Who’s Who.

Susan Price, 55, joins Formula 1 driver Jenson Button and England football manager Fabio Capello as new entries.

A first-class languages graduate, she grew up in South Shields and attended the town’s St Peter & Paul RC Primary School, in Olive Street, then St Anthony’s RC School, Sunderland.

Now living in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, Prof Price became vice-chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University in 2009 and has a distinguished academic record.

She previously worked in Bradford University’s modern languages school and served as associate dean at the University of the West of England.

And she was also a Fellow of the University of Manchester Business School.

Before switching to Leeds, she was acting vice-chancellor at the University of East London (UEL), where she spent seven years.

In 1990 her book, Comparative Constructions in Spanish and French Syntax, was published.

She’ is described as a vigorous proponent of Britain’s ‘new’ universities, including the UEL and Leeds Met.

Her “fantastic record within the sector” was given as a principal reason for her success in winning the vice-chancellorship, and she has also been said to have an “excellent academic reputation and expertise in taking organisations through periods of change”.

Prof Price, who in 1982 married Uwe Zemke, a lecturer in German, appears in Who’s Who under her maiden name.

The celebrity bible contains the potted biographies of 33,000 of some of the most talented and influential people in the world.

Inclusion in the book is by invitation only.

Also joining her in the 2012 edition is Liverpool football boss Kenny Dalglish, snooker star John Higgins and chef Michel Roux.

Everyone in Who’s Who is invited to compile his or her own entry, which can be as long or short as they wish.

Prof Price’s entry is comparatively brief – she explains her life story in just 12 lines.

It would have been only 11 had she not included her contact numbers and e-mail address.

That is one line longer than that Prime Minister David Cameron, but two shorter than US President Barack Obama.