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New Oxford vice-chancellor named

Andrew Hamilton
Prof Hamilton's nomination is subject to approval by Oxford's Congregation

A scientist is set to become the first University of Oxford vice-chancellor never to have been either a student or academic at the university.

Andrew Hamilton, currently Provost of Yale University in the US, is to take over from Dr John Hood in October 2009. He was Born in Guildford, Surrey.

Prof Hamilton's nomination is subject to approval by Oxford's Congregation - the so-called "parliament of dons".

The university recently launched a US-style 1.25bn fundraising drive.

I shall seek to play my part in ensuring that Oxford's outstanding reputation as a pre-eminent centre of teaching, learning and research is safeguarded
Prof Andrew Hamilton

Prof Hamilton, a Benjamin Silliman Professor of chemistry, is also professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry.

He said: "Oxford is one of the world's greatest universities and the invitation to serve as its vice-chancellor is an inspiring and humbling one.

"I shall seek to play my part in ensuring that Oxford's outstanding reputation as a pre-eminent centre of teaching, learning and research is safeguarded and enhanced for generations to come."

Prof Hamilton, 55, who is married with three children, has studied at the universities of Exeter, British Columbia and Cambridge.

Dr Hood's five-year term in charge of Oxford has been controversial, with academics divided over proposals to reform the way the university is run.

His reported plan to bring in outsiders from business and politics to Oxford's governing body was eventually defeated after months of internal discussions.




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