Eric Anderson (educator)

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Sir William "Eric" Kinloch Anderson, KT, FRSE (born 27 May 1936),[1] was Provost of Eton College from September 2000 – 30 January 2009.[2]

Biography[edit]

Anderson was educated at George Watson's College, Edinburgh and gained a MA degree (First-Class Honours) in English at the University of St. Andrews. He obtained subsequently a MLitt degree at Balliol College, Oxford, where his thesis was on the novels of Sir Walter Scott. He was awarded an Honorary DLitt in 1981 from St. Andrews.

In his early career, Anderson taught at Fettes College, Edinburgh, and at Gordonstoun, where he taught Prince Charles. He moved to be headmaster at Abingdon School (1970–75), then Shrewsbury School (1975–80). More recently he was Head Master of Eton College (1980–94) and Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford (1994–2000).

At Fettes, he was Prime Minister Tony Blair's housemaster. Blair subsequently named Anderson in a 1997 advertising campaign run by the Teacher Training Agency entitled 'No one forgets a good teacher'. Because Anderson was Head Master of Eton while David Cameron was there, he was for a time in the position of having been involved in the education of the heir to the British throne and the leaders of the two biggest British political parties.

Between 1998 and 2001 he was Chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund. He is an authority and published author on the novels of Sir Walter Scott and recently served on the advisory board for the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley novels. His edition of The Journal of Sir Walter Scott was published in 1972. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1985 and in November 2002 he was appointed a Knight of the Order of the Thistle.[3]

His other positions include: Visitor at Harris Manchester College, Oxford; Member of the Visiting Committee of Harvard University Memorial Church; trustee of the Royal Collection Trust and Fellow of The Wordsworth Trust. In June 2013, he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Aberdeen by the Duchess of Rothesay.[4]

He retired as Provost of Eton at the end of January 2009, and was succeeded by William Waldegrave. He has since been appointed as an Honorary Fellow.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2014. "Sir Eric Anderson, Provost of Eton College, 2000–09, 77" 
  2. ^ Sir Eric Anderson, KT, FRSE, Debrett's.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 56780. pp. 15113–15114. 12 December 2002.
  4. ^ "HRH The Duchess of Rothesay joins University ‘family’". University of Aberdeen. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Michael William McCrum
Head Master of Eton College
1980–1994
Succeeded by
John Lewis
Preceded by
Maurice Shock
Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford
1994–2000
Succeeded by
Paul Langford
Preceded by
Sir Anthony Acland
Provost of Eton
2000–2009
Succeeded by
William Waldegrave
Order of precedence in England and Wales
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Dunne
as a Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter
Gentlemen
as a Knight Companion of the Order of the Thistle
Succeeded by
James Ramsden
as a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council
Order of precedence in Scotland
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Dunne
as a Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter
Gentlemen
as a Knight Companion of the Order of the Thistle
Succeeded by
James Ramsden
as a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council
Order of precedence in Northern Ireland
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Dunne
as a Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter
Gentlemen
as a Knight Companion of the Order of the Thistle
Succeeded by
James Ramsden
as a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council