Professor Claire Ozanne has been appointed the new principal of the Catholic Heythrop College, the board of governors has announced.
Ozanne, who is deputy provost at the University of Roehampton, joins on a two-year part-time secondment. Ozanne will take overall responsibility for the management of the College and delivery of its mission.
Her responsibilities will include overseeing the College’s orderly closure, due to take place at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year, while exploring any opportunities for staff at the college.
Ozanne takes over from Father Michael Holman SJ, who announced he was stepping down as the Principal of Heythrop College last July.
“I am delighted to join such a respected institution with its rich history," Ozanne said. For over 400 years, Heythrop has been one of Britain’s leading international centres of excellence for Philosophy and Theology, producing outstanding research which benefits the community and educating students who have global impact. This will continue with the same
commitment and drive for the next two years.”
The Chair of Governors, Tamsin Eastwood, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Ozanne to the College. We are all looking forward to working with her as we all continue to focus on providing our students with the best possible learning experience and to protect the faith, culture and values of the College.
"We would also like to thank Fr Holman for his outstanding service to the college over the past five years. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of students and staff and is held in the highest esteem at the College and by the wider community.”
Since the announcement in 2015 that the college will close in its present format - as a constituent college of the University of London - in 2018, no home has been found for the educational establishment despite negotiations with other colleges in the south-west London area, including St Mary's University, in Twickenham, and the University of Roehampton.
The college's 2.7-acre West London site has been put up for sale for around £100 million.