The following statement has been sent by the Master to all members of St Peter's:
Earlier this term, I informed the Governing Body that I would be standing down at the end of September 2019. By then I will have been at St Peter’s for 9 years. It has been hugely enjoyable and stimulating (and entertaining too).
I am very grateful for the decision of the Governing Body in 2010 to offer me the role. Rosie and I arrived with some trepidation, but we were immediately struck by the warmth and generous-spiritedness of colleagues and alumni. We have made many new friends, and have had the privilege of working and living in a community of gifted academics, students and staff, who together shape the college.
We have also now met many former Fellows and alumni, ranging from 101-year-olds to those who have graduated recently, and we have been given invaluable insights into the intellectual, cultural and social history of this terrific place. And it is heart-warming that many of those alumni are grateful to St Peter’s and express that gratitude by supporting their college.
There are many outstanding people here, and I am sure St Peter’s will flourish. There is much to do. The college’s financial position is significantly better than it was, but we need to grow our endowment and pay for the development of Castle Hill House, the site we purchased last year on New Road, next to the college. But these challenges, and others, make life more interesting.
The Governing Body has embarked on a search for my successor. I know you will welcome them warmly when they arrive. In the meantime, I should say that we are still here and look forward to seeing you soon.
Mark Damazer CBE