Professor Andrew Hamilton, an expert in biochemistry and biophysics who served as Provost at Yale, will formally take charge as the 271st vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford on Monday.
Professor Hamilton began his new responsibilities on October 1 but will be formally admitted to the office at a ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre on Monday.
The ceremony witnesses the change of Vice-Chancellors and takes place at a meeting of Congregation (the University’s ’parliament of dons’).
The occasion will begin with an Oration by the outgoing Vice-Chancellor John Hood, followed by the admission of Professor Hamilton as the new Vice-Chancellor and his inaugural address.
“Oxford is one of the world’s greatest universities and the opportunity to serve as its Vice-Chancellor is both inspiring and energising. I will strive to repay the trust that has been placed in me and to ensure that a great University has an even better future,” Prof Hamilton said.
The Chancellor of Oxford University, Lord Patten of Barnes said: “Andrew Hamilton’s remarkable combination of proven academic leadership and outstanding scholarly achievement will stand him in excellent stead to help guide Oxford into the second decade of the twenty-first century.”