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Wolfson's fifth president elected

Prof. Richard EvansProf. Richard Evans

The Governing Body of Wolfson College has elected Professor Richard J. Evans, FBA, to succeed Dr Gordon Johnson when he retires as President of the College on 30 September 2010.

Professor Evans is Regius Professor of Modern History and Chairman of the Faculty of History in the University of Cambridge, and currently a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College.

Professor Evans is an Oxford graduate and held appointments at the Universities of Stirling and East Anglia before becoming Professor of History and Vice-Master of Birkbeck College, London. His book, Death in Hamburg: Society and Politics in the Cholera Years, 1830-1910, won the Wolfson Literary Award for History in 1988. His most recent work is the widely acclaimed trilogy: The Coming of the Third Reich (2003), The Third Reich in Power (2005) and The Third Reich at War (2008). His books have been translated into more than twenty languages, including Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Gordon Johnson said, "I am delighted that the College has elected such a distinguished historian to be President of Wolfson. His election will reinforce the College’s standing as a vibrant international community of graduate and mature students and Professor Evans brings to us wide experience of higher education in the UK."

Professor Evans said, "I am very grateful to the Fellows for electing me as President of Wolfson. It is a unique institution which prides itself on its distinctively cosmopolitan, egalitarian and informal character and I look forward with enthusiasm to leading it over the next few years as it approaches its fiftieth anniversary."

Wolfson's Vice-President, Don MacDonald, said, "On behalf of the Fellowship of the College I would like to offer warmest congratulations to Professor Evans on his election. He brings to the Presidency not only huge academic distinction and an international outlook, but also practical experience of working with both graduate and mature students in Birkbeck College, all of which resonates with the ethos of Wolfson College."