Some 271 men have gone before her, but now Oxford University, one of the world’s oldest and most renowned universities, will finally get a female vice-chancellor. Professor Louise Richardson, born in Ireland and currently the head of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, is an internationally renowned scholar of terrorism and security studies and will take up her post at the start of 2016. Before joining St. Andrews in 2009, she was executive dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. As vice-chancellor at Oxford, she will be providing strategic direction and leadership, and representing the university at home and abroad. The actual role of chancellor of the university — currently held by Chris Patten, former governor of Hong Kong — is largely ceremonial, and has always been held by a man.
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