Diane P. Koenker has been appointed the next director of University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Professor Koenker, currently professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will also become professor of Russian and Soviet history at SSEES. She has published widely as an expert on 20th-century Russian and Soviet social history. “My research has benefited from the remarkable SSEES library and interactions with its staff for many years, and I am honoured and delighted to be chosen to serve as director of this outstanding UCL institution as it looks ahead to its second century,” said Professor Koenker, who will take up her new post in January.
Gavin Screaton will be the next head of the Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Oxford. He is currently chair of medicine and dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London. An Oxford graduate who held a range of clinical appointments at Oxford and at the John Radcliffe Hospital, his research focuses on the immunology of infectious diseases. Professor Screaton said that it was a “great privilege” to take on the post. “Medical sciences at Oxford is world-leading,” he said. “I will be proud to play a part in its future development and in the delivery and translation of excellent research that can transform the lives of our patients and the wider public.”
Susie Brubaker-Cole has been named Stanford University’s next vice-provost for student affairs. Currently the vice-provost for student affairs at Oregon State University, she will take up the post in October.
Nick Foskett has been appointed interim vice-chancellor of Bath Spa University, following the retirement of Christina Slade. Professor Foskett was previously vice-chancellor of Keele University.
Brian Armstrong has been named WBS/Telkom chair in digital business at Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand, after a long career in telecoms in South Africa.