List of Vice-Chancellor & Wardens of The University of Durham

List Of Vice-Chancellor & Wardens Of The University Of Durham

The Vice-Chancellor & Warden is the chief executive of Durham University. He or she also holds the position of "Warden of the Durham Colleges" and is appointed by Council. Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor and Warden are a Deputy Vice-Chancellor and a number of Pro-Vice-Chancellors, and a Deputy Warden. Responsibility for the Colleges and non-academic student affairs generally is delegated to the Deputy Warden; responsibility for other areas of the University's activity is divided between the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the Pro-Vice-Chancellors. The previous Vice-Chancellor and Warden, Sir Kenneth Calman, retired in April 2007, and was succeeded by Professor Chris Higgins.

  • 1832 - 1862 Archdeacon Charles Thorp
  • 1862 - 1869 The Very Revd George Waddington
  • 1869 - 1894 The Very Revd William Lake
  • 1894 - 1908 The Very Revd George William Kitchin
  • 1910 - 1912 Prof Frank Byron Jevons
  • 1912 - 1914 Sir George Hare Philipson
  • 1914 - 1916 The Revd Henry Gee
  • 1916 - 1918 Sir William Henry Hadow
  • 1918 - 1920 John Stapylton Grey Pemberton
  • 1920 - 1922 Sir David Drummond
  • 1922 - 1924 Prof Arthur Robinson
  • 1924 - 1926 Sir Theodore Morison
  • 1926 - 1928 Prof Percy John Heawood
  • 1928 - 1930 Sir Thomas Oliver
  • 1930 - 1932 The Revd Prof Henry Ellershaw
  • 1932 - 1934 Sir William Sinclair Marris
  • 1934 - 1936 The Revd Stephen Richard Platt Moulsdale
  • 1934 - 1937 Sir Robert Alfred Bolam
  • 1937 - 1960 Prof Sir James Fitzjames Duff (alternating until 1952 with The Rt. hon. Lord Eustace Percy, then with Dr Charles Ion Carr Bosanquet)
  • 1960 - 1979 Prof Sir Derman Christopherson (alternating with Dr Charles Ion Carr Bosanquet until 1963)
  • 1980 - 1990 Prof Sir Frederick Holliday
  • 1990 - 1998 Prof Evelyn Ebsworth
  • 1998 - 2007 Prof Sir Kenneth Calman
  • 2007–present Prof Christopher Higgins

From 1908 to 1937, the Warden of the Durham Colleges was appointed for a period of two years, and the post of Vice-Chancellor alternated between Durham and Newcastle. From 1937, though a permanent Warden was appointed, the post of Vice-Chancellor continued to alternate until the establishment in 1963 of the independent University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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