List of Vice-Chancellors and Wardens of Durham University

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Archdeacon Charles Thorp, the first Warden of Durham University

The Vice-Chancellor and Warden is the Chief Executive Officer 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 (and also members of the University Executive Committee) are the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellors for Research, Education and each of the faculties (Arts and Humanities, Science, and Social Science and Health), the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Warden of the Colleges, the Registrar (Chief Operating Officer) and the Treasurer (Chief Financial Officer).[1][2][3]

Under the original constitution of the University, the post of Warden combined the roles of chief executive and formal head of the University. Charles Thorp was appointed acting Warden in December 1831 by Bishop William van Mildert, and in 1834 he was appointed to the position on a permanent basis by the Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral (who were then the governors of the University). After Thorp's death in 1862, the past of Warden was held ex officio by the Dean of Durham, with the Sub-Warden (which had previously been rotated between the professors of the University) becoming a permanent post, presaging the Vice-Chancellorship.[note 1] From 1909, with the creation of the federal university, and the handing over of the Dean and Chapter's responsibilities to the newly-formed Council, the executive and formal roles were officially separated into the Vice-Chancellor (executive head) and the Chancellor (formal head), with the Warden becoming the Chancellor and the Sub-Warden becoming the Vice-Chancellor. The Vice-Chancellor was elected by the Council to serve a two-year term. In 1937 the permanent posts of Warden of the Durham Colleges and Rector of King's College were created, with the Vice-Chancellorship being held by each for two years at a time. With King's College becoming Newcastle University in 1963, the Wardenship of the Durham Colleges was permanently united with the Vice-Chancellorship as the Vice-Chancellor and Warden.[4][5][6] The University numbers Chris Higgins as its 23rd Vice Chancellor and Warden, implying a count starting with the University's reconstitution in 1909 and continuing through the further reconstitutions in 1937 and 1963 despite the changes of title over this period.[7]

Wardens of Durham University

Source: Durham University Records.[4]

Sub-Wardens

Source: Fowler (1904)[5] and Durham University Records.[4]

  • 1839 - 1840 Henry Jenkyns (Professor of Divinity)
  • 1840 - 1841 Temple Chevallier (Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy)
  • 1841 - 1842 Henry Jenkyns
  • 1842 - 1843 John Edwards (Professor of Greek and Classical Literature)
  • 1843 - 1844 Temple Chevallier
  • 1844 - 1845 Henry Jenkyns
  • 1845 - 1846 John Edwards
  • 1846 - 1847 Temple Chevallier
  • 1847 - 1848 Henry Jenkyns
  • 1848 - 1849 John Edwards
  • 1849 - 1850 Temple Chevallier
  • 1850 - 1851 Henry Jenkyns
  • 1851 - 1852 John Edwards
  • 1852 - 1853 Temple Chevallier
  • 1853 - 1854 Henry Jenkyns
  • 1854 - 1855 John Edwards
  • 1855 - 1856 Temple Chevallier
  • 1856 - 1857 Henry Jenkyns
  • 1857 - 1858 John Edwards
  • 1858 - 1859 Temple Chevallier
  • 1859 - 1860 Henry Jenkyns
  • 1860 - 1861 John Edwards
  • 1861 - 1871 Temple Chevallier
  • 1872 Thomas Saunders Evans
  • 1872 - 1880 Adam S. Farrar
  • 1880 - 1895 Robert J. Pearce
  • 1895 - 1902 Alfred Plummer
  • 1902 - 1909 Frank Byron Jevons

Vice-Chancellors

Source: Durham University Records.[4]

  • 1910 - 1912 Frank Byron Jevons (Master of Hatfield Hall)
  • 1912 - 1914 George Hare Philipson (President of the College of Medicine)
  • 1914 - 1916 Henry Gee (Master of University College)
  • 1916 - 1918 William Henry Hadow (Principal of Armstrong College)
  • 1918 - 1920 John Stapylton Grey Pemberton (President of the Council of Durham Colleges)
  • 1920 - 1922 David Drummond (President of the College of Medicine)
  • 1922 - 1924 Arthur Robinson (Master of Hatfield College)
  • 1924 - 1926 Theodore Morison (Principal of Armstrong College)
  • 1926 - 1928 Percy John Heawood (Professor of Mathematics)
  • 1928 - 1930 Thomas Oliver (President of the College of Medicine)
  • 1930 - 1932 Henry Ellershaw (Master of University College)
  • 1932 - 1934 William Sinclair Marris (Principal of Armstrong College)
  • 1934 - 1936 Stephen Moulsdale (Principal of St Chad's College)
  • 1936 - 1937 Robert Bolam (President of the College of Medicine)
  • 1937 - 1938 James Duff (Warden of the Durham Colleges 1937 – 1960)
  • 1939 - 1940 Eustace Percy (Rector of King's College 1937 – 1951)
  • 1941 - 1942 James Duff
  • 1943 - 1944 Eustace Percy
  • 1945 - 1946 James Duff
  • 1947 - 1948 Eustace Percy
  • 1949 - 1950 James Duff
  • 1951 Eustace Percy
  • 1952 Charles Bosanquet (Rector of King's College 1951 – 1963)
  • 1953 - 1954 James Duff
  • 1955 - 1956 Charles Bosanquet
  • 1957 - 1958 James Duff
  • 1959 - 1960 Charles Bosanquet
  • 1961 - 1963 Sir Derman Christopherson (Warden of the Durham Colleges from 1960)

Vice-Chancellors and Wardens

Source: Durham University Records[4] except where otherwise noted.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The Durham University Records webpage lists the Wardens with the Chancellors and the Sub-Wardens with the Vice-Chancellors[4]

References

  1. ^ "How the University is run". Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Responsibilities of Council Members". Archived from the original on 2 March 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "University Executive Committee". Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Durham University Records: Central Administration and Officers". Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  5. ^ a b J. T. Fowler. Durham university; earlier foundations and present colleges. F. E. Robinson & co., 1904. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Nigel Watson (2007). The Durham Difference. James & James (Publishers) Ltd, London. 
  7. ^ "Key dates". Durham University. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 2007 - Professor Chris Higgins becomes the 23rd Vice-Chancellor and Warden. 
  8. ^ Tony Kearney (1 September 2015). "New leader takes up post at Durham University". Northern Echo. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
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