Published: Thu, January 02, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton appointed Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton appointed Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a new role: chancellor at Queen's University in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland.

Hillary Clinton also shared this on her Twitter and said, "It's my great privilege to become QUBelfast's 11th-and first female-chancellor".

According to the university's website, the position serves three main functions: presiding over degree ceremonies, acting as an ambassador for the university in an effort to "open doors", and advising Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Greer and other senior staff.

The five year term as chancellor, a largely ceremonial role, began on January 1.

Mrs Clinton succeeds Dr Tom Moran - who died final 12 months.

She described the appointment as a "great privilege".

Clinton visited Northern Ireland for the first time in November 1995 as First Lady with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

He has been a regular visitor to the country since then.

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The Clintons spent their symbolic visit meeting with community representatives and turned on the Christmas lights outside Belfast City Hall.

Clinton is "an internationally recognized public servant with nearly five decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, first lady, senator and secretary of state", the university's announcement said.

However, her connection to Northern Ireland stretches back over two decades.

She was appointed US Secretary of State by President Barack Obama in 2009, serving for four years until stepping down in 2013.

"I am delighted that Queen's has chosen Hillary Clinton to be its new Chancellor", said Stephen Prenter, chair of the Queen's University's governing body.

"Secretary Clinton has made a considerable contribution to Northern Ireland and as an internationally recognised leader will be an incredible advocate for Queen's and an inspirational role model for the Queen's community", he added.

The Democratic presidential nominee lost the 2016 United States election to Republican candidate Donald Trump.

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