LSE director Craig Calhoun to step down

The US sociologist has informed staff that he will not seek a second term as head of the London School of Economics

December 18, 2015

London School of Economics director Craig Calhoun is to step down from his post in 2017.

In an email sent to staff on 17 December, Professor Calhoun said that he will not seek a second five-year term as the institution’s head.

Informing staff of his departure from the LSE, which he joined in September 2012, the US sociologist said: “There are many things that sadden me about this decision, but perhaps most of all the lost pleasure of working with so many great colleagues.”

Of the key objectives he intended to focus on during the remainder of his term, Professor Calhoun said that “top of the list is securing a step change in LSE’s provision of education and student experience – including support directly for students and for all the teachers who contribute so basically.”

“It is important that the School seek to be as outstanding in education as it is in research,” he added.

In a statement, Lord Myners, chair of the LSE’s court and council, praised Professor Calhoun’s leadership and service at the university.

“I offer my sincere thanks to him, both for his clear vision for the future direction of LSE and for his strenuous work towards converting that vision into reality,” said Lord Myners.

An LSE spokesman added that “all LSE directors have set five-year tenures with the option to stand for reappointment to a second term if they wish.

“The LSE director has confirmed he will not be seeking a second term.”

jack.grove@tesglobal.com

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

Monster behind man at desk

Despite all that’s been done to improve doctoral study, horror stories keep coming. Here three students relate PhD nightmares while two academics advise on how to ensure a successful supervision

opinion illustration

Eliminating cheating services, even if it were possible, would do nothing to address students’ and universities’ lack of interest in learning, says Stuart Macdonald

Female professor

New data show proportion of professors who are women has declined at some institutions

Reflection of man in cracked mirror

To defend the values of reason from political attack we need to be more discriminating about the claims made in its name, says John Hendry

But the highest value UK spin-off companies mainly come from research-intensive universities, latest figures show