Mark Damazer will leave the BBC in October to take up the position of Principal of St. Peter’s College. The position has been vacant since the departure of Professor Bernard Silverman at the end of 2009.The position, which has been renamed from Master to Principal, comes with a reported £90,000 salary, house and free meals.Mr Damazer’s arrival follows a recent trend of colleges shunning dons in favour of civil servants, journalists and other figures. St Hilda’s, Corpus Christi and Trinity have all appointed non-academics to helm them in the last four years.The recruitment process began after Professor Silverman’s surprise resignation letter in February 2009 Professor Silverman is now Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office.Speaking to Cherwell, Mr Damazer explained how the time seemed right to leave broadcasting. “It was not at all planned until I applied for this job. It got to year 6 [at Radio 4] and I hadn’t looked at anything else. Academic life fascinated me…when I sat down and thought about it, [being Principal] was what I wanted to do.”A JCR delegation first met with head-hunters Russell Reynolds early in Michaelmas term 2009 to outline the qualities they wanted in their new Principal.Late in Hilary term 2010, the JCR President, Vice-President and President-Elect met each of the six shortlisted candidates and provided feedback to a member of the selection committee.JCR President, Daniel Stone, said “I wanted someone who could understand things from the point of view of students, someone who was good at communicating and who could bring the college even closer together… after meeting Mark, I am confident that he has these characteristics and more.”This level of JCR consultation on senior appointments is gaining ground in Oxford.Mark Damazer has been in charge of the BBC’s speech network for nearly six years, and is seen by those close to him as an intellectual tiger with a donnish temperament.Speaking to BBC Oxford, Mr Damazer put it another way. “I have this idea that knowledge and the pursuit of knowledge is an insatiable human need, a lust” he said. “I like the idea of working in the public sector for the public good. Both [the BBC and St Peter’s] are world class institutions.”Mr Damazer has been careful not to second guess his role at St Peter’s. He commented, “Most of the wisdom and answers lie within the existing body of fellows…I’m not a chief executive – I’m the public face to the University and the outside world.”Although it is too early for Mr Damazer to lay out his strategy for St Peter’s, he has expressed a wish “to bring aspects of political, cultural and artistic life that I’ve been exposed to in my career into the college”.The Vice-Master of St Peter’s, Professor Stephen Hasselbo, said in a written statement, “Mark is a multitalented person who has had a very distinguished career within the BBC. All members of College are greatly looking forward to working with him.”Mr Damazer was an undergraduate at Cambridge where he attained a double-starred first in History. He was a Harkness Fellow at Harvard and is married with two children.Mark Thompson, Director-General of the BBC and a friend of Mr Damazer, is also thought to be considering a move to academia. .
A few months before the United States entered World War II, the Evansville Courier sent correspondents to Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to observe the activities of Tri-State men in the 152nd infantry regiment who were reporting for duty. On April 6, 1941, a group of local residents posed for this picture in front of the recreational hall. They included Rev. Richard Denbo, a chaplain and former pastor of Old North Methodist Church (left), Col. Robert Stillwell (right), and Karl Kae Knecht (second from right), a photographer and columnist for the newspaper, who is standing in front of Capt. Guthrie May.FOOTNOTES: We want to thank Patricia Sides, Archivist of Willard Library for contributing this picture that shall increase people’s awareness and appreciation of Evansville’s rich history. If you have any historical pictures of Vanderburgh County or Evansville please contact please contact Patricia Sides, Archivist Willard Library at 812) 425-4309, ext. 114 or e-mail her at www.willard.lib.in.us.Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Friday?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS”. posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-CountyFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail