Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB) has appointed Hillary Rodham Clinton to be its new chancellor.
Mrs Clinton will assume the role immediately and becomes the university’s 11th chancellor. Mrs Clinton also gains the accolade of becoming the first female chancellor in Queen’s 112-year history.
The former secretary of state described her appointment as a “great privilege” in a twitter post following her investiture.
“[QBU’s] a place I have a great fondness for and have grown a strong relationship with over the years, and I’m proud to be an ambassador for its excellence”, Mrs Clinton wrote on twitter.
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
– Hillary Rodham Clinton
She added: “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.”
It’s my great privilege to become @QUBelfast‘s 11th—and first female—chancellor. It’s a place I have great fondness for and have grown a strong relationship with over the years, and I’m proud to be an ambassador for its excellence. https://t.co/ysrSeA0JOu
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 2, 2020
Clinton will serve as the university’s ceremonial head and act as an advisor to the senior leadership team for a five-year term.
The former United States secretary of state received an honorary degree from QUB in 2018. She first visited Northern Ireland in an official capacity as first lady when she accompanied her husband, President Bill Clinton, on his visit to the country in November 1995 – the first for a serving US president.
Stephen Prenter, the university’s pro-chancellor and chair of QBU’s governing body, 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.”
Senator George Mitchell, who served as Bill Clinton’s special envoy for Northern Ireland and played a leading role in the development of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, previously served as QBU chancellor from 1999 to 2009.