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Sir Anthony Seldon joins Buckingham

The University of Buckingham will welcome Sir Anthony Seldon as Vice-Chancellor this September

Sir Anthony Seldon will succeed Professor Terence Kealey.

Anthony Seldon is a political historian, author and commentator on education and contemporary Britain. His first degree was PPE from Worcester College Oxford and his PhD from LSE.

He has written or edited over 35 books, including standard works on John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and David Cameron.  He founded the Institute of Contemporary British History, the UK’s leading centre for research and study into contemporary British history, with Lord Hennessy and Action for Happiness with Lord Layard. 

Lady Keswick, the Chancellor, said: “Sir Anthony has transformed two large independent schools, Brighton College and Wellington College, and made each of them formidably strong institutions.  He is also a distinguished academic in his own right, and pioneer in the fields of contemporary history, political science and positive psychology.  We believe he has the mixture of leadership, innovation and academic track record to make the University of Buckingham one of Britain’s leading universities.”

Anthony Seldon, who was made an Honorary Graduate by the University two years ago, says: “I am delighted to be taking over at the University of Buckingham, which my father, Arthur Seldon CBE, helped to found 40 years ago. I am looking forward to building on the excellent work of Professor Terence Kealey, and working with the outstanding staff to make it a truly pioneering academic institution.”