Breaking: Louise Richardson to leave Oxford

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Louise Richardson, who has served as Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor for seven years, will leave Oxford at the end of December 2022, to become President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

This will see her complete her term as Vice Chancellor, before leaving for the United States.

Professor Richardson said:

“My time at Oxford has been the most exhilarating, challenging and rewarding period in my career, and there remains so much more to be done together in the year ahead. At Carnegie I will be leading a Foundation dedicated to my twin passions of education and peace, but Oxford – and my remarkable colleagues here – will never be far from my thoughts.”

The Chancellor of Oxford University, Lord Patten of Barnes, commented:

“Louise has confirmed to me that after seven years as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, she will take up the post of President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York in January 2023.  I know Louise will serve Oxford in her last year in office with the same passion, strong leadership and unending energy which has delivered so much for the University. When Louise finally leaves, she will depart with our very best wishes and deepest thanks.”

The process of choosing the next Vice-Chancellor of the University has begun, and a committee began work in July of this year. It is expected to submit a name to the University’s Congregation for approval in next summer.

The Carnegie Corporation today updated their website to introduce their next President. The organisation describes itself as a grant making foundation that inspires action in democracy, international peace, and education. It was founded in 1911. Richardson will replace Vartan Gregorian, who has served since 1997 until his unexpected death in April.

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