Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been appointed as Chancellor of Queen’s University in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, the university announced on Thursday, Jan. 2.
The university said Clinton has been appointed to a five-year term and becomes its 11th chancellor and 1st female chancellor.
“Secretary Clinton has made a considerable contribution to Northern Ireland and as an internationally recognized leader will be an incredible advocate for Queen’s and an inspirational role model for the Queen’s community,” said Stephen Prenter, chairman of the university’s governing Senate.
Accepting the new job, Hillary said in a tweet: “It is a great privilege to become the Chancellor of Queen’s University, a place I have great fondness for and have grown a strong relationship with over the years. The university is making waves internationally for its research and impact and I am proud to be an ambassador and help grow its reputation for excellence.”
It’s my great privilege to become @QUBelfast‘s 11th—and first female—chancellor. It’s a place I have great fondness for and have grown a strong relationship with over the years, and I’m proud to be an ambassador for its excellence. https://t.co/ysrSeA0JOu
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 2, 2020
The former U.S. secretary of state will take the position starting Jan. 1, 2020.
Serving as the chancellor, Hillary will fulfill three main roles—a ceremonial one, which involves presiding at degree congregations; an ambassadorial role where the office holder helps to “open doors” for the university as it seeks to fulfill its mission; and an adviser, available to the vice chancellor and senior management as a “sounding board” and to provide counsel and guidance.