Oxford University has nominated the Provost of Yale University, Professor Andrew Hamilton, as its next vice-chancellor. Provided the university dons approve the appointment, Hamilton will replace the current vice-chancellor, Dr John Hood, who retires next year after his five-year appointment ends.
English-born Hamilton has been Provost of Yale since 2004 and combines that role as second-in-command to the president with teaching and research duties as professor chemistry and professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry.
He is one of the few academics to be appointed to head Oxford who did not graduate from the university and is only the second – after Hood who came from New Zealand – to be recruited from outside. Hamilton was born in Surrey and has degrees from the universities of Exeter, British Columbia and Cambridge.
His appointment follows Oxford’s announcement last month of a massive fundraising campaign of