06/01/2020

Hillary Clinton Appointed QUB Chancellor

Hillary Clinton has been appointed as the new chancellor of Queen's University Belfast.

The former US presidential candidate received an honorary doctorate from the university in 2018 and is now its first ever female chancellor.

She welcomed the appointment as a "great privilege", writing on Twitter: "It's a place I have great fondness for and have grown a strong relationship with over the years."

Secretary Clinton begins her role immediately and will serve for five years. She added: "The University is making waves internationally for its research and impact and I am proud to be an ambassador and help grow its reputation for excellence."

An internationally recognised politician, Clinton has worked as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State.
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The Chancellor fulfils three main roles at the university- a ceremonial one which involves presiding at degree congregations; an ambassadorial role, where the office holder helps to "open doors" for the University as it seeks to fulfil its mission; and finally as an advisor, available to the Vice-Chancellor and senior management as a "sounding board" and to provide counsel and guidance.

Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Senate (the University's governing body) Stephen Prenter welcomed the appointment, saying: "I am delighted that Queen's has chosen Hillary Clinton to be its new Chancellor. Secretary Clinton has made a considerable contribution to Northern Ireland and as an internationally recognised leader will be an incredible advocate for Queen's and an inspirational role model for the Queen's community."



(JG/CM)

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