Vice-Chancellor to become President of New York University in 2016

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Professor Andrew Hamilton, Oxford, UK. Copyright © Oxford University Images / John Cairns Photography -- All rights reserved.

Professor Andrew Hamilton, who has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford since 2009, is to be the next President of New York University.

He will leave Oxford at the end of December and take up his new appointment in the New Year.

Professor Hamilton, who is Oxford's second longest serving Vice-Chancellor of the modern era, said: 'It is a huge privilege to serve this great university. A university is only as strong as its alumni, and alumni are the lifeblood of this institution.

'You are our advocates and ambassdors around the world and it has been my privilege to meet many of you in my travels around the UK and more globally.'

The process of choosing a successor to Professor Hamilton in Oxford is well-advanced. A committee charged with nominating the next Vice-Chancellor is expected to bring forward a name for approval by early June.

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