The Chairman of the Rhodes Trustees, Dr John Hood (New Zealand & Worcester 1976), today announced that the trustees have accepted with regret the resignation of the Warden of Rhodes House, Dr Donald Markwell (Queensland & Trinity 1981), who wishes to return to Australia where his family is based.

Dr Donald Markwell (Queensland & Trinity 1981)In making his statement, Dr Hood paid tribute to Dr Markwell’s achievements as Warden: 'All members of the Rhodes community will be aware of the extraordinary energy and commitment Dr Markwell has brought to the advancement of the Trust’s affairs during the past three-plus years, and of the very significant progress he and his colleagues have achieved.

'There have been many notable accomplishments under his leadership, among them the renewed governance arrangements for the Trust, the revitalised use of Rhodes House for an array of Scholar events, the dynamic engagement of the wider Rhodes community with the affairs of the Trust, and the launch of a major fundraising campaign that is now so critical to the future of the Scholarships.'

Dr Hood continued, 'On behalf of the entire Rhodes community, the Trust would like to express gratitude for Don’s efforts to strengthen the Trust and the Scholarships.'

Dr Markwell thanked all members of the Rhodes community for their support throughout his Wardenship.  'It has been an enormous privilege to serve as Warden of Rhodes House, especially at a time of such historic developments.

'The quality of the current Scholars is extremely high, and it has been nothing less than inspiring to get to know them and, with colleagues, to support them as best we can, in their time in Oxford and in their thinking about the brilliant futures before them.'

The recently retired Master of Balliol College, Dr Andrew Graham, will serve as Acting Warden into 2013, to allow time for the Rhodes Trustees to conduct a thorough search for a new Warden. The Trustees have encouraged members of the Rhodes community to nominate potential candidates for the Wardenship.