The London School of Economics appointed Craig Calhoun of New York University as its director to fill the vacancy created by Howard Davies’s resignation in the wake of a funding controversy involving Libya.
Calhoun, who is university professor at NYU, will take up the post on Sept. 1, according to a statement published today on the LSE website. He is an academic whose research makes a connection between sociology and a range of other disciplines from politics to economics, the school said.
“Craig is an outstanding appointment -– an intellectual completely at ease in public life whose career shows how academia is not aloof from society but embedded in it,” Peter Sutherland, chairman of the LSE’s court of governors, said in the statement. “He is also a vastly experienced leader of academic organizations, finding new ways of drawing out their inherent strengths and bringing their expertise to bear on society.”
Davies resigned in March following concern over the school’s acceptance of a 1.5 million-pound ($2.3 million) donation from Libya’s Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation and an invitation from the British government to advise Libya on its investments. The LSE has been led by Interim Director Judith Rees since May.
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