Hillary Clinton named as new Chancellor of QUB

She will be the first woman to hold this position

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been named as the new Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast. She becomes the first woman to hold the position in the university's 171 year history.

Queen’s described Hillary Rodham Clinton as “an internationally recognised public servant with almost five decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State”.

Succeeding Dr. Moran who passed last year, Secretary Clinton said: "It is a privilege to become the Chancellor of Queen’s University, a place I have great fondness for and have grown a strong relationship with over the years. 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.”

The Chancellor fulfils three main roles: A ceremonial one which involves presiding at degree congregations, an ambassadorial role, where the office holder helps to “open doors” for the university, and as an advisor, available to the Vice-Chancellor and senior management as a “sounding board” and to provide counsel and guidance.

Stephen Prenter, Pro-Chancellor and governing body of the university said: “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.”

The role is taken on immediately and lasts for a five year period.