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Message from the LSE Chair of Council: LSE appoints L. Kramer as our new President & Vice Chancellor

Dear alumni,


I am writing to share with you the news that LSE has appointed Larry Kramer as our new President and Vice Chancellor. Larry will join the School in January 2024 to get to know the LSE community in London and globally, before formally beginning his role as LSE’s eighteenth President and Vice Chancellor in April 2024.


Larry is currently President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and a renowned scholar of both constitutional law and civil procedure. He was previously Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School between 2004 and 2012, and Associate Dean for Research and Academics and Russell D Niles Professor at New York University Law School between 1994 and 2004. He was a Professor at the University of Chicago Law School and University of Michigan Law School, as well as Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and New York University Law School.


A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the American Philosophical Society, Larry is the author of numerous articles and books, including The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review. He also serves as board chair of iCivics, a non-profit organisation that promotes civics education, and as a director on the boards of a number of other non-profit organisations, including the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the ClimateWorks Foundation.


As an outstanding and visionary leader and scholar, Larry brings a wealth of experience and expertise to lead the School in advancing our mission to know the causes of things, for the betterment of society. Council and the School Management Committee very much look forward to welcoming Larry, and supporting him as he spearheads our ambitious strategy with respect to research, education, and global impact, as well as the positioning of the social sciences in today’s rapidly changing context.


As we await Larry’s arrival, we are fortunate to have in place an exceptionally strong senior management team. Led by LSE President and Vice Chancellor (Interim) Professor Eric Neumayer, they will provide continuity and momentum, including continuing to drive forward our Shaping the World Campaign.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank the President and Vice Chancellor Selection Panel and the many members of the LSE community, among them many of our closest alumni, friends and partners, whose valuable contributions to the rigorous selection process were greatly appreciated.


Thank you, again, for your continued support, partnership and advocacy. We look forward to welcoming Larry to our School and providing many opportunities for him to meet our global alumni community.


Yours sincerely,


Dr Susan Liautaud (PhD Social Policy 2009)

Chair of Council

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