AOS Trustee appointed head of a Cambridge College – Congratulations to Dr Elisabeth Kendall!


March 8 2022

AOS Trustee appointed head of a Cambridge College – congratulations to her!

We are so proud to share the excellent news that AOS Trustee Dr Elisabeth Kendall has been elected as the 20th Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge! Elisabeth will step into this role on October 1st 2022 and succeed Professor Susan J Smith after 13 incredible years.

Elisabeth explains that she's particularly proud to have been elected Mistress of Girton College as Girton was the first Cambridge College to admit women and also the first UK residential institution to offer a university education to women. Girton College has also kept the title of 'Mistress', where other colleges use Master/President/Principal, in honour of its pioneering history.

Upon Elisabeth's election, Dr Hilary Marlow, Chair of the search committee and Vice-Mistress of Girton College, said

“We are delighted that Elisabeth Kendall will be joining the Girton College community as its next Mistress. She brings wide-ranging experience and a passion for education and community engagement that will enable Girton to continue to be a pioneer.”    

On the announcement of her election, Dr Elisabeth Kendall said

“I’m thrilled to have been elected the next Mistress of Girton. I’m profoundly conscious of the privilege and responsibility in taking on this role at a college with such a pioneering history and spirit. I can’t wait to join Girton's incredible Fellows, students, staff, and alumni so that together we can steer the College on to new firsts.”

We are so pleased to congratulate Elisabeth on this new appointment and can't wait to see what this new venture will bring!

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