Friday 17 January 2020

'Privilege': Clinton takes up chancellor role at Queen's

Link: Hillary Clinton at her honorary graduation at Queen’s University in 2018. Photo: QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST/Handout via REUTERS
Link: Hillary Clinton at her honorary graduation at Queen’s University in 2018. Photo: QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST/Handout via REUTERS
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton is the new chancellor of Queen's University, Belfast.

Ms Clinton will take up the largely ceremonial role immediately and serve for five years.

The former first lady succeeds Dr Tom Moran, who passed away in 2018, and becomes the first woman to take up the post. Accepting the position, Ms Clinton said it was a "great privilege" to be named chancellor of Queen's, a place for which she has "great fondness".

"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," she added.

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Ms Clinton has a long history with Northern Ireland, first visiting in November 1995 with her husband, president Bill Clinton. In 2018, she received an honorary degree from Queen's and a new scholarship was set up in her name for post-graduate study in politics, human rights and peace building.

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