Colin Lucas

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Sir Colin R. Lucas
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Term 1997 – 2004
Predecessor Peter North
Successor John Hood
Born (1940-08-25) 25 August 1940 (age 74)
Egypt
Alma mater Lincoln College, Oxford
Profession Historian

Sir Colin Renshaw Lucas (born 25 August 1940)[1] is a historian and university administrator. From 1997 to 2004, he was the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University.[2] In May 2006, he was appointed Chair of the Board of the British Library for a four-year term ending 2010.

Biography[edit]

Colin Lucas studied at Lincoln College, Oxford. After graduation, he took a post as a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield (1965–69), and then later at the University of Manchester (1970–73). He became a Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Balliol College in 1973. In 1990, he took a post at the University of Chicago as Professor of History, where he became chair of the History Department in 1992 and Dean of the Division of Social Sciences in 1993. He returned to Oxford in 1994 to become Master of Balliol College (1994–2000). In 2002, he was appointed Knight Bachelor for his services to higher education.

Sir Colin Lucas was the first Oxford Vice-Chancellor to serve for seven years (1997–2004, during which time he implemented many changes in the University governance structure, such as the adoption of external members to the University's Council, a radical restructuring of the committee system, divisionalism of academic departments, the establishment of a University Committee on Access and the adoption of new resource allocation and financial management systems.[3]

Lucas specializes in the history of 18th century France, especially the French Revolution. His academic publications include The Structure of the Terror (1973) and Beyond the Terror (with Gwynne Lewis, 1983), as well as numerous essays and articles.

Sir Colin Lucas was knighted in 2002.[1] He has been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) since 1973. He was awarded an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France) in 1990, Chevalier Ordre du Mérite in 1994, and Légion d'Honneur in 1998 (Officier in 2005). In 2013, he was awarded a Doctor honoris causa by Heidelberg University.

Lucas is the godfather of Mayor of London Boris Johnson.[4]

List of positions held[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sir Colin Lucas". People of Today Online. Debrett's. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Oxford International Review: Our Team: Sir Colin Lucas
  4. ^ BBC Article: Boris Johnson's media scrapes from 17 July 2007
Academic offices
Preceded by
Baruch Samuel Blumberg
Master of Balliol College, Oxford
1994-2001
Succeeded by
Andrew Winston Mawdsley Graham
Preceded by
Sir Peter North
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
1997–2004
Succeeded by
John Hood
Preceded by
Sir Anthony Kenny
Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford
1999–2009
Succeeded by
Donald Markwell