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Andrew Hamilton was named the 16th president of New York University—one of the largest and foremost private universities in the US—in March 2015. He officially took up his duties as NYU’s president on January 1, 2016.

“I have been a keen observer of NYU, its accomplishments, and its trajectory for some time. It is difficult not to take notice of an institution that has proven itself again and again to be a game-changer in a field in which that is uncommon. I am honored to have been named president of such a wonderful university. I am looking forward with great eagerness to working with NYU’s faculty, students, administrators, and staff, and to joining a university that is so manifestly energetic, innovative, and successful.”
– President Andrew Hamilton, on his appointment to NYU, March 2015

Dr. Hamilton has an acclaimed record of success as a leader in higher education and is a noted scientist.

Most recently, Dr. Hamilton served as the vice chancellor of Oxford University—the university’s senior officer—a post he held since 2009, and as professor of chemistry at Oxford. His tenure as vice chancellor was distinguished by significant improvements in university governance and faculty relations; the launch of a new School of Government and the expansion of the business school; the enhancement of interdisciplinary research and teaching; the restructuring of Oxford’s medical school and hospital into a modern academic medical center; the improvement of the university’s physical infrastructure, including the renovation of some the university’s oldest and most venerated libraries and museums; a significant expansion of fundraising, including nine-figure major gifts and a focus on raising student financial aid to diversify Oxford’s student body; and modernization of the school’s financial system, among other initiatives.

Before being named as Oxford’s vice chancellor, Dr. Hamilton served as provost (2004–08) of Yale University; he had previously been Yale’s deputy provost for science and technology. His period as Yale’s provost was marked by significant growth and strengthening of the sciences, the restoration of the school of engineering and applied sciences, increased faculty recruitment of women and under-represented minorities, interdisciplinary initiatives in the sciences and the humanities, and a major update of Yale’s undergraduate curriculum.

In addition to his record as an academic leader, Dr. Hamilton is a noted, award-winning, widely published chemist, and he has continued to maintain his scholarly work—including an active research laboratory—while holding leadership positions.

His area of scholarly interest lies at the intersection of organic and biologic chemistry, with particular focus on the use of synthetic design for the understanding, mimicry, and potential disruption of biological processes. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the recipient of the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society, and the winner of the International Izatt-Christiansen Award for Macrocyclic Chemistry.

At Yale—where he joined the faculty in 1997—he was the Benjamin Silliman Professor of Chemistry and professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry. Prior to joining Yale’s faculty, he was a tenured professor of chemistry and chair of the chemistry department at the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, he was an assistant professor of chemistry at Princeton University.

Andrew Hamilton was born in November 1952, in Guildford, Surrey, UK.
He received a first class BSc from the University of Exeter, his master’s degree from the University of British Columbia, and his doctorate from the University of Cambridge. He did post-doctoral work at the Université Louis Pasteur.

He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Surrey, Tsinghua University, and the University of Exeter, among others.

President Hamilton and his wife, Jennie, have three adult children, all of whom live in the
United States.  

Hamilton in the New York chemistry lab with professor James Canary

Hamilton in the New York chemistry lab with professor James Canary

Photo: President Andrew Hamilton in Abu Dhabi

President Andrew Hamilton in Abu Dhabi

Photo: President Andrew Hamilton in Shanghai

President Andrew Hamilton in Shanghai

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