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Sir Colin Lucas, Chairman of the British Library Board

Sir Colin Lucas

Sir Colin Lucas has been a member of the British Library Board since February 2004, and was appointed Chairman in September 2006.

Sir Colin is the Warden of Rhodes House and Chief Executive of the Rhodes Trust, the charitable organisation responsible for bringing some of the world's finest scholars to Oxford.

He was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1997 to 2004. During his seven years as Vice-Chancellor, Sir Colin led the modernisation of the University and saw it ranked fifth in the world, outranked only by the four leading US institutions. During his term of office Sir Colin also established and chaired a Working Party on Access, which reported in 1999. Sir Colin is an elected member of the UK Board of Universities, the representative body for higher education institutions. He is also Education Adviser to the State Governor of Guangdong Province, China.

He began his academic career as a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield (1965-69) and the University of Manchester (1970-73). He returned to Oxford in 1973 as Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Balliol College, before moving to the University of Chicago in 1990. At Chicago he served as Chairman of the Department of History and then Dean of the Division of the Social Sciences.

In 1994 he became Master of Balliol, a position he held for six years. Sir Colin is a specialist in the history of 18th-century France, principally the French Revolution.