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27th June 2023

Exeter College announces its next Rector

Dr Andrew Roe

Photo: Dr Andrew Roe

Exeter College is delighted to announce that the Governing Body has elected Dr Andrew Roe CB as its next Rector. Dr Roe will take up the Rectorship in October 2024, in succession to Professor Sir Rick Trainor.

Dr Roe is currently serving as Chief Executive and Commandant of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, which educates students from the British armed forces, the Ministry of Defence, wider government, UK industry and overseas. A senior Defence official, Dr Roe is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and the Higher Command and Staff Course. He holds a doctorate from King’s College London and is the author of two books and a number of articles.

On his election Dr Roe commented: ‘I am delighted and honoured to have been elected to serve as Rector of Exeter College. Having had the pleasure of meeting students, staff and Fellows, it is evident that Exeter is a diverse, warm and welcoming college, eager to build on its impressive achievements. It is testament to the current Rector, Sir Rick Trainor, and all parts of the College community that Exeter is such a thriving and innovative environment. I look forward to joining Exeter’s inspirational community so that, together, we can navigate the College on to new heights.’

Professor Sir Rick Trainor, who will have served as Rector for ten years when his term comes to an end on 30 September 2024, said: ‘I warmly welcome the appointment of Andrew Roe as my successor. He has the distinguished career, clear vision, wealth of leadership experience, strong commitment to higher education, and warm personality that Exeter College expects from its Rector. The fact that Andrew’s PhD was earned at my former institution, King’s College London, reinforces my enthusiasm! I look forward very much to a smooth and productive transition with Andrew during the next fifteen months.’

We look forward to welcoming Andrew to the College, and to continuing, under his Rectorship, the pursuit of our central goals of excellent teaching, world-class research, and the fostering of a thriving and happy community here at Exeter.

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