Professor Hill, who has been Principal for seven years, will take a sabbatical year until his retirement in 2011. Whilst on sabbatical, Professor Hill will concentrate on his personal research interests, which include sociology and management.
Professor Hill will also continue to undertake representative roles and special consultancies for the College during this time.
Before taking up his post at the head of Royal Holloway in 2002, Professor Hill was Deputy Director at the London School of Economics.
Since arriving at the College, Professor Hill has overseen a significant expansion in the size of the institution, a doubling of the budget, and a series of major investments in the estate and facilities. Holloway also scored amongst the top research institutions in the country in the recent Research Assessment Exercise.
Senior Vice Principal Professor Rob Kemp will assume the executive duties of Professor Hill with immediate effect and will therefore exercise the powers of Principal of Royal Holloway.
In a statement, Professor Hill said “I have greatly relished the challenges of leading the College during this exciting time, but now, at the beginning of a new and important period, as the merger with St George’s is developed and implemented, I believe that Royal Holloway will benefit from new leadership and direction, and the fresh perspectives and insights this will bring.”
Professor Hill wished the senior management team every success in the future, and said he was delighted to be handing over to Professor Kemp, who he feels confident will bring “much experience, wisdom and flair to the future leadership of the College.”
The Founder would like to thank Professor Hill for the help and support he has provided in recent years, and would like to wish him every success in the future.