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Yale President Levin Lauds Proposed Selection of Provost Hamilton to Lead Oxford


New Haven, Conn. — President Richard C. Levin today applauded the proposed appointment of Yale Provost and distinguished scientist Andrew Hamilton as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

“As a noted scientist, a successful department chair, university citizen, and Provost these past four years, Andy has had a remarkable impact on Yale since joining our faculty in 1997,” Levin said. “He is a warm, sympathetic, and supportive friend of faculty throughout the University, with a deep and sincere respect for the academic mission and the people who carry it out. His fellow Officers admire him for his unfailing support of their efforts, and we all appreciate his balanced judgment and wise counsel.”

As Provost, Levin said, Hamilton has worked tirelessly to advance numerous aspects of Yale’s expanding mission.

Hamilton helped create Yale’s thriving Center for Genomics and Proteomics and the Yale Institute for Nanoscience and Quantum Engineering. To advance the work of the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, he has made a major commitment to fund Yale’s participation in the construction of one of the world’s largest telescopes. He led the recruitment of Kyle Vanderlick as Yale’s Dean of Engineering, and has worked with her to develop plans for expansion, including the official recognition of Yale’s engineering program as a School of Engineering.

Drawing on the carefully considered suggestions of leading scientists at Yale and elsewhere, Hamilton has been instrumental in developing plans for a series of research programs and core support facilities for Yale’s new and evolving West Campus.

Beyond his work as Provost in the sciences and medicine, Hamilton helped to create the new interdisciplinary Humanities Program, and has supported Yale’s unparalleled investments in the arts.

Hamilton has supplied financial support to attract outstanding faculty throughout the University, and he supported Yale College Dean Peter Salovey and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Jon Butler in their effort to revise the standards and procedures for tenured appointments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Working with all the Deans, he re-energized Yale’s Faculty Diversity Initiative and oversaw a significant increase in the number of women and minority scholars in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the professional schools.

After joining Yale, Hamilton ascended quickly to the position of Chair of the Chemistry Department in 1999, and in that capacity he led the planning for the new Class of 1954 Chemistry Research Building. He became Deputy Provost for Science and Technology in 2003, and Levin named him Provost in 2004 after Yale Provost Susan Hockfield was appointed president of MIT.


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