Charles Conn (Massachusetts & Balliol 1983) took up his post as the new Warden of Rhodes House this week. He remarked: 'It is a real honour to serve the Trust as it enters its second century of working to develop leaders for the world’s future. I have spoken with many Rhodes Scholars over the past six months, and have been struck by their enthusiasm and commitment. It is an exciting time as the 110th anniversary celebrations are coming up in September, when I look forward to meeting many more Rhodes Scholars from around the globe.'
Dr Andrew Graham served as Acting Warden of Rhodes House for the 2012/2013 academic year. He had a very well attended leaving party with current Scholars and Rhodes House staff last Saturday. Dr Graham will continue to stay very closely involved with the Rhodes Trust as it was announced by Dr John Hood (New Zealand & Worcester 1976), Chair of the Rhodes Trustees, that he has been appointed as a Rhodes Trustee. Dr Hood commented: 'Andrew and Peggotty have immersed themselves in everything that the Rhodes Trust has to offer, and I would like to thank them for the dedication they have shown over the past year.'
Mr Conn joins the Rhodes Trust after a multi-faceted career. He was previously Senior Advisor to the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, where he focused on large scale conservation projects, including preservation of wild salmon ecosystems and the Palmyra Atoll biological research station. Before this, Mr Conn was the CEO and co-founder of leading internet company Ticketmaster-Citysearch, and a Partner at McKinsey & Company. Mr Conn is also a member of numerous charitable and corporate boards, including Patagonia and Trout Unlimited. Mr Conn holds a BA from Boston University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. During his time in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, Charles earned First Class Honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He is joined in Oxford by his partner, Camilla Borg. Mr Conn is a citizen of both Canada and the United States.