Exeter College Announces Selection of Sir Rick Trainor as New Rector

Press Release, Exeter College, Oxford

The Fellows of Exeter College, Oxford, are pleased to announce that they have concluded their search for a Rector-elect to succeed the current Rector, Frances Cairncross CBE, FRSE, formerly of The Economist, author and broadcaster. The College is delighted that Professor Sir Rick Trainor, outgoing Principal and President of King’s College London, has agreed to become the Rector on 1st October 2014, taking office in the College’s 700th Anniversary year. Professor Trainor will be pre-elected formally to the Rectorship by Exeter’s Governing Body on 10th October 2013, in accordance with the College Statutes.

“I am thrilled and honoured to join Exeter’s students and Fellows at such a pivotal point in the College’s history.  Exeter’s students and Fellows prize the interaction of disciplines and the lifelong friendships that are formed in a collegiate environment, and I look forward to bringing my experience of leading other academic institutions – especially my current university, King’s College London – into this vibrant and forward-looking  community of distinguished academics and students, and to becoming part of the Exeter Family” said Professor Trainor, who was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, where he completed an undergraduate degree at Merton College (of which he is an Honorary Fellow), was a research student at Nuffield College, a junior research fellow at Wolfson College and a lecturer at Balliol College and took his doctorate in Victorian social history . 

During his nine years at King’s, Professor Trainor has overseen significant change, including considerable expansion of King’s postgraduate and international student numbers, major developments in biomedicine and law (two primary subject areas at Exeter College) and continuing enhancement of King’s ranking as a leading world university   He has been closely involved in raising over £450m for the King’s Campaign ‘World Questions/King’s Answers’. Professor Trainor had previously announced that he would retire as Principal and President in September 2014 after ten years in post.  He is a past president of Universities UK, the umbrella organisation of vice-chancellors, and was vice-chancellor of the University of Greenwich from 2000 to 2004 following twenty-one years at the University of Glasgow. A dual citizen of the US and the UK, he was knighted in 2010 for services to higher education.
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