Sir Colin Renshaw Lucas, historian and university administrator. From 1997 to 2004, he was the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. In May 2006, he was appointed Chair of the Board of the British Library for a four-year term ending 2010.(born 25 August 1940) is a British
Sir Colin Renshaw Lucas
|Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford|
11 January 1997 – 5 October 2004
|Chancellor||The Lord Jenkins of Hillhead|
The Lord Patten of Barnes
|Preceded by||Sir Peter North|
|Succeeded by||Sir John Hood|
|Master of Balliol College, Oxford|
20 August 1994 – 16 March 2001
|Preceded by||Baruch Samuel Blumberg|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Graham|
|Born||25 August 1940|
|Alma mater||Lincoln College, Oxford|
Early life and education
After graduation, he took a post as a lecturer at the University of Sheffield (1965–69), and then later at the University of Manchester (1970–73). He became a Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Balliol College in 1973. In 1990, he took a post at the University of Chicago as Professor of History, where he became chair of the History Department in 1992 and Dean of the Division of Social Sciences in 1993. He returned to Oxford in 1994 to become Master of Balliol College (1994–2000).
Sir Colin Lucas was the first Oxford Vice-Chancellor to serve for seven years (1997–2004), during which time he implemented many changes in the University governance structure, such as the adoption of external members to the University's Council, a radical restructuring of the committee system, divisionalism of academic departments, the establishment of a University Committee on Access and the adoption of new resource allocation and financial management systems.
On his retirement as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lucas was appointed Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford, responsible for the running of the Rhodes Scholarships (2004-2009). He had previously served as a Trustee of the Rhodes Trust. He also has been serving as a Trustee of the University of the People.
Lucas specializes in the history of 18th century France, especially the French Revolution. His academic publications include The Structure of the Terror (1973) and Beyond the Terror (with Gwynne Lewis, 1983), as well as numerous essays and articles.
Lucas is the godfather of the politician Boris Johnson. Lucas is married to Lady Marie-Louise.
In 2002, he was appointed Knight Bachelor for his services to higher education. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) since 1973. He was awarded an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France) in 1990, Chevalier Ordre du Mérite in 1994, and Légion d'Honneur in 1998 (Officier in 2005). He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2004. In 2013, he was awarded a Doctor honoris causa by Heidelberg University. In 2014. he was awarded a Bronze Bauhinia Star by Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
List of positions held
- Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford
- Chairman of the Delegates of the Press (within the University of Oxford)
- President of the Development Programme (within the University of Oxford)
- Formerly Trustee of the Rhodes Trust
- Trustee of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- Trustee of the University of the People
- Education Adviser to the State Governor of Guangdong Province, China
- Warden of Rhodes House
- British Library Board
- Chair of the Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, and Buckinghamshire AimHigher Programme
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