29 july 2008

Dr Jon Dellandrea

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Dr Jon Dellandrea, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs), is to leave Oxford this autumn to take up international consultancies.

Dr Dellandrea was appointed to the new position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs) at the University of Oxford in December 2004 and has played a leading role in transforming the way the University engages with the wider world. He has overseen major changes in Oxford’s public engagement, alumni relations, and its development activity, including the launch in May of the biggest fund-raising campaign ever undertaken by a European university. Over half of the initial target figure of £1.25 billion has already been raised.

Dr Dellandrea said: ‘It has been a privilege to serve the University of Oxford for the last three years. The infrastructure and procedures implemented during this time will contribute to the ongoing accomplishments of the University and the Colleges over the coming years… I am pleased to have played a part in these accomplishments and I will watch with admiration and pride as the University continues to excel on a world scale.’

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr John Hood said: ‘Jon Dellandrea has made a significant difference to the University and achieved a great deal in a relatively short time. With his help, important foundations have been laid in many areas which will stand Oxford in good stead for the future. I and my colleagues are grateful to him and wish him every success in the next phase of his career.’

Before coming to Oxford, Dr Dellandrea CM was previously Vice-President and Chief Advancement Officer at the University of Toronto, where he led the largest campaign in Canada's history.

The University of Oxford will now begin a process to appoint a successor to Dr Dellandrea. In the meantime, Professor Michael Earl, the Dean of Templeton College, has accepted an invitation to take on the role in an acting capacity.