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A former British Ambassador to the Holy See has been appointed the principal of St Mary's University College, Strawberry Hill.
Francis Campbell, who has worked for the Foreign Office since 1997, takes over from Dr Arthur Naylor, who has been acting principal since Professor Philip Esler resigned amid acrimony over the future of the theology department earlier this year.
St Mary's, in south-west London, is a Catholic college founded by Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman (1802-65) and started as a teacher training college. It is understood to be on the verge of gaining full university status.
Mr Campbell was the first Catholic ambassador to the Holy See since the Reformation and was instrumental in the 2010 visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Britain.
The 43-year-old diplomat, whose most recent foreign posting was as British Deputy High Commissioner in Karachi, Pakistan, spent periods as policy adviser and private secretary to former Prime Minister Tony Blair.