U of Cambridge Names New Leader

September 27, 2016

The University of Cambridge on Monday nominated as its new vice chancellor Stephen Toope (right), a Canadian university leader and international law scholar.

Toope is the director of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and formerly was the president and vice chancellor of the University of British Columbia. He will assume the top leadership post at Cambridge on Oct. 1, 2017, pending approval by the British university’s governing body.

The University of Toronto said in its press release that Toope is believed to be the first non-Briton to assume the Cambridge vice chancellorship. A Cambridge spokeswoman said the university cannot confirm this, as it does not have a centralized record of the nationality of every vice chancellor in its 800-plus-year history. At least one is believed to have had dual citizenship.

In 2010, Toope was co-author of a "Views" essay in Inside Higher Ed that argued that Canada was gaining on the United States in higher education.

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