University nominates Professor Louise Richardson as first female Vice-Chancellor

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Professor Louise Richardson has been nominated to succeed Andrew Hamilton as Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University.

Professor Richardson currently serves as Principal and Vice-Chancellor at St Andrew’s, and if her nomination is approved, Richardson will be the first female Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Richardson has headed St. Andrews University since 2009, the latest position in an illustrious academic career. Before taking the position at St. Andrews, Richardson, who is Irish, worked as a leading scholar on global terrorism at Harvard University.

Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor and Chair of the nominating committee, said: “Her distinguished record both as an educational leader and as an outstanding scholar provides an excellent basis for her to lead Oxford in the coming years.”

Richardson will take up the position on January 1st 2016, if approved by Congregation.

Speaking regarding her nomination, Richardson said: “I feel enormously privileged to be given the opportunity to lead this remarkable institution during an exciting time for higher education. I am very much looking forward to working with talented, experienced, and dedicated colleagues to advance Oxford’s pre-eminent global position.”

Professor Richardson’s tenure at St. Andrews has been seen as successful, despite controversy over her salary. This year the University defended a £30,000 one-off bonus for her performance, on top of a £225,000 base salary. Andrew Hamilton, the current Oxford Vice-Chancellor, has a total salary of over £400,000.

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