The Master of Balliol, Professor Sir Drummond Bone (Balliol 1968), has announced that he intends to retire at the end of December 2017:
‘After six-and-a-bit very happy years back at Balliol, I have informed the Fellowship that I intend to retire from College at the end of December 2017. I have agreed with Governing Body that if no appointment has been made then I will stay up to the end of July 2018.
‘After the excitement of my first year as Master followed by Balliol’s 750th year, more recently we’ve been able to think about the future. Largely thanks to the support we’ve received from alumni, but also through more efficient use of our buildings to bring in additional resource, we’ve increased our tutorial strength considerably – something like seven new Career Development Fellows will have joined us by the time I leave, with more to follow in our current plans. We’ll also, subject to planning permission [a planning application for the Master’s Field site was submitted in November 2016], be beginning to build some 212 new student rooms, crucially allowing us to accommodate all our undergraduates for all their time at Balliol, in early summer this year.’
The search for a successor will be led by the Senior Fellow, Professor Frances Kirwan DBE FRS. The College has engaged David Richards of OCT Associates to assist it with this appointment.