University of Bolton welcomes its new Chancellor

Posted on Wednesday 4th January 2017
George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews

The University of Bolton is delighted to welcome its new Chancellor, the Earl of St Andrews. The Chancellorship is the highest office within a British university. The President and Vice Chancellor, Professor George Holmes DL, said: ‘Bolton is a very special University, and the Earl will add a tremendous amount to our community both as a scholar himself, but moreover because of his passion for higher education.’  The Earl's interest in cultural diversity and building bridges between civilisations mirrors the University’s commitment to the sharing of ideas across cultures.

The Earl of St Andrews (George Philip Nicholas Windsor), eldest son of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Kent, was born in 1962. He was educated at EtonCollege (Kings Scholar) and DowningCollege, CambridgeUniversity, where he read history.

After a period in HM Diplomatic Service during which he served in New York (at the UK Mission to the UN) and Budapest, he worked for a number of years in the antiquarian book business, including at Christies UK. Recently he has been chairman of an Internet-based world history project, the Golden Web (2006-2012).

He is patron, chairman or trustee of a number of organisations, including the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (trustee since 1996, chairman since 2005), SOS Children's Villages UK (trustee since 1999), the Association for International Cancer Research, now Worldwide Cancer Research (patron since 1995), the Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation (patron since 1997), the Welsh Sinfonia (patron since 2011), the Next Century Foundation (member, advisory board, since 2012), the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit, University of Cambridge (patron since 2012), and the Global eHealth Foundation (trustee since 2013).

The previous Chancellor of the University of Bolton, Sir Ernest Ryder, Lord Justice of Appeal and Senior President, whose term ended in December 2016, said that the new appointment of the Earl was an event of great importance in University’s history and “a matter of significant pride and personal pleasure to us.” The Chairman of the Board of Governors at the University of Bolton, Rt Rev Bishop Nigel McCulloch KCVO, said “we are delighted at the Earl’s appointment.”

An installation ceremony will take place towards the end of March to celebrate this historic appointment.