Balliol College opts for inclusion

As its leading web page says

Academic excellence
Balliol College is a place where people of exceptional potential study with academics who are experts in their field.
Social responsibility
In this community in the centre of Oxford, Balliol generates ideas and educates people who seek to change the world for the better.

And now: Dame Helen Ghosh

THE head of the National Trust has stepped down to take on the role of Master of Balliol College.

Dame Helen Ghosh will be taking up the post at Oxford University in April 2018.

It will be a blast from the past for Dame Helen as she returns to the University after she studied Modern History at St Hugh’s College in the 1970s.

She said: “I am honoured to have been chosen by the Fellows of Balliol as their new Master.

“The college has a remarkable tradition of outstanding scholarship, research and teaching, which I believe will be as important in helping society meet the challenges of the 21st century as it has been at any time in its 754-year history…

The above is from the Oxford Mail. More telling is the Guardian’s input:

Dame Helen Ghosh is to leave her job as director general of the National Trust to become the first woman master of Balliol College, Oxford. She will join 11 other women who currently head Oxford colleges, under the leadership of the university’s first female vice-chancellor, Prof Louise Richardson.

The announcement came as a surprise to colleagues at the National Trust, where her tenure has not been without controversy. During her leadership, the trust found itself drawn into debates about fracking and windfarms. Earlier this year it also found itself at the centre of a row over the use of the word “Easter” in publicity for its egg hunt.

Critics have argued that the charity has become distracted from its main purpose of conservation, and in its efforts to be inclusive has been accused of dumbing down.

Good on you, Balliol, for taking on a criticized champion of inclusion as your new head.

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