Hillary Clinton Appointed First-Ever Woman Chancellor at Queens University

Hillary Clinton has mostly stayed away from the spotlight since her unsuccessful 2016 campaign, but now the former Senator and Secretary of State has a new title: Chancellor at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Clinton’s term as a chancellor will last for five years and her tenure began on January 1, 2020.

In a press release, Queen’s University Pro-Chancellor Stephen Prenter said, “Secretary Clinton has made a considerable contribution to Northern Ireland and as an internationally recognized leader will be an incredible advocate for Queen’s and an inspirational role model for the Queen’s community.”

The press release also noted that as “Secretary of State, [Clinton] focused on economic development to underpin the emergence of a strong and competitive Northern Ireland,” and “as First Lady, [Clinton] made a considerable contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process.”

In a statement on Twitter, Clinton wrote, “It’s my great privilege to become Queen’s University Belfast’s 11th—and first female—chancellor. It’s a place I have great fondness for and have grown a strong relationship with over the years, and I’m proud to be an ambassador for its excellence.”

According to the University, Clinton’s new title comes with three duties “a ceremonial one which involves presiding at degree congregations; an ambassadorial role, where the office holder helps to “open doors” for the University as it seeks to fulfill its mission; and finally as an “advisor” to the administrators.

Clinton spoke at Queen’s University Belfast in 2018 — during a ceremony in which she received an honorary degree and in which the school announced a scholarship in her name.

During her speech at the ceremony, Clinton called for an interim government in Northern Ireland — the BBC noted at the time that Northern Ireland hadn’t had a functioning government since 2017. Clinton also visited the city of Belfast during her tenure as the First Lady in 1995.


  1. If it means Hillary spends one less day on US soil it works for me.

    1. Just curious…How does Hillary spending one less day on U.S. soil make a difference in your life?

  2. “The chancellor is the chief executive officer of Washington University. Appointed by the Board of Trustees, the chancellor is responsible for the quality and effectiveness of all programs and for establishing a culture of compliance and dedicating university resources as necessary to ensure that research is conducted in accordance with all federal, state and local regulations and university and sponsoring agency policies, procedures, and accreditation requirements. The chancellor provides leadership to the executive vice chancellors, vice chancellors, deans, faculty, students and staff. Under the chancellor’s direction, the university’s academic and institutional officers provide university-wide management in such areas as academic policy, planning, and business affairs; faculty, student, and staff affairs; legislative policy; institutional research; legal affairs; capital planning; and university relations and development.” WUSTL (just a random pick)

    Sounds like a busy day. So much for any run for president.

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