Hood to Stand Down as Vice-Chancellor

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Vice-Chancellor of the University, Dr John Hood, has announced today that he will be leaving his post at the end of his five-year term in September 2009.In a statement made earlier, Hood said: "I continue to believe that five years is the right period. That was the commitment I made on my appointment as vice-chancellor and it remains my view today… "Oxford is making huge progress on so many fronts and I look forward immensely to helping it to make further substantial advances over the next two years."Hood came into the role in 2004, after leaving the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Considered the first "outsider" to take the position, his tenure has been marked by controversy as he worked to change the way in which the university was governed.Chancellor of the university, Lord Patten, praised Hood's clarity of vision and strength of commitment during his years, commending his "remarkable job" as vice-chancellor.

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