We are very pleased to announce that Mark Damazer, currently Controller of BBC Radio 4 and Radio 7, has been elected as the new Head of St Peter's College. He will take office on 1 October 2010.

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Mark Damazer elected as Head of St Peter's College

13 April 2010

Mark Damazer

We are very pleased to announce that Mark Damazer, currently Controller of BBC Radio 4 and Radio 7, has been elected as the new Head of St Peter’s College. He will take office on 1 October 2010.

Mr Damazer was appointed to his current role in 2004 having been Deputy Director of BBC News since 2001. He was previously Assistant Chief Executive of the News division with responsibility for driving the long-term ambition, quality and standards in news programming across BBC networks. Before that he held other major roles in news and current affairs including Head of Current Affairs and Head of Political Programmes.

He was born on 15 April 1955 and educated at Cambridge where he obtained a Double Starred First in History. He was awarded the Harkness Fellowship at Harvard University.

Mr Damazer is a Board Member of the Institute of Contemporary British History, a Vice-Chair of the International Press Institute Executive Board, and a Fellow of the Radio Academy.

Commenting on his election, Mr Damazer said:

"I am thrilled to have been elected Head of St Peter's and look forward to a new set of challenges and to learning much from the Fellows, students and alumni of the college.

I look forward to furthering St Peter's reputation as a community of scholars and one characterised by real friendliness. I am moving from one great British public institution to another. Although there will be many differences they share a common belief in creativity and excellence - and I can think of nothing more stimulating than being surrounded by people in pursuit of knowledge."

The previous Master, Professor Bernard Silverman FRS, recently took up post as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/radio4/2010/04/leaving_radio_4.html