President and Vice Chancellor

lead one of the world's leading universities through the most important global debates of our time

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the world’s leading universities.

Founded in 1895, LSE has an outstanding international reputation as a world-leading research and educational institution. The LSE is ambitious about its future and aims to remain at the heart of the most important global debates of our time. Following the successful tenure of Baroness (Minouche) Shafik, the Council intends to appoint a new President/Vice Chancellor.

The President/Vice Chancellor leads the academic community, oversees management of the School, and represents the School externally. Qualified candidates should bring a track record of exceptional leadership in large complex organizations. The successful candidate will have clear strategic vision, team leadership qualities, experience in leading through uncertain times, and change management skills, as well as the ability to balance active participation in internal academic governance with extensive external engagement. While candidates need not be academics, they must be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the culture of academic institutions and of the social sciences.

Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build relationships across diverse constituencies internally and externally, including with governments, partner organisations, alumni, and donors and other supporters of the School. They should have the ability to represent the School in national and international contexts. They must also bring the enthusiasm, energy, and commitment to inspire and lead an exceptional and ambitious university that contributes to the solution of global and national issues and the education of future leaders from around the world. Candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to the highest standards of ethics and integrity in all that they do.

The LSE welcomes candidates with no previous experience in academic institutions from within the UK and internationally, values diversity, and strives to promote equity at all levels.

Russell Reynolds Associates has been appointed to support this appointment for LSE. For further information about this role please visit or call +44 (20) 7198 1826. 

Please click here to view the position specification for the role

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon, 20th March 2023.