Following the sad passing on 28 January 2013 of Professor Hannes Unberath (Germany & Worcester 1997), the Rhodes Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Nils Ole Oermann (Germany & Christ Church 1996) as the National Secretary for Germany. Read More
The Warden of Rhodes House
The Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford, is the global CEO of the Rhodes Trust and the Rhodes Scholarships. Dr Andrew Graham is currently serving as Acting Warden until the end of Trinity Term, when Mr Charles Conn (Massachusetts & Balliol 1983) will become Warden.
Wardens of Rhodes House
Sir Francis Wylie, 1903-1931 (previously Fellow & Tutor, Brasenose College, Oxford)
Sir Carleton Allen, 1931-1952 (previously Professor of Jurisprudence and Fellow of University College, Oxford)
Sir Edgar Williams, 1952-1980 (previously Fellow & Tutor in History, Balliol College, Oxford; Chief of Intelligence to Montgomery in World War II)
Dr Robin Fletcher, 1980-1989 (previously Fellow & Bursar of Trinity College, Oxford; Olympian (field hockey))
Sir Anthony Kenny, 1989-1999 (previously Master of Balliol College, Oxford; also Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, and President of the British Academy)
Dr John Rowett, 1999-2004 (previously Fellow & Tutor in History, Brasenose College, Oxford; subsequently Secretary-General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities)
Sir Colin Lucas, 2004-2009 (previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, and Master of Balliol College, Oxford)
Dr Donald Markwell, (Queensland & Trinity 1981), 2009-2012 (previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), University of Western Australia; Warden of Trinity College, University of Melbourne; Fellow & Tutor in Politics, Merton College, Oxford)
Mr Charles Conn, (Massachusetts & Balliol 1983), 2013- (previously Senior Advisor to the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation and co-founder of Citysearch)
Click for a brief history of the Rhodes Trust and Scholarships.
Dr Andrew Graham (current Acting Warden) is a Director of the Scott Trust (owner of The Guardian and Observer), a Senior Fellow of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and Chair of the Academic Council of the Europaeum (an association of ten leading European universities). Until October 2011, Dr Graham was Master of Balliol College, Oxford, where he had been Fellow & Tutor in Economics (1969-97).
He was Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson (1967-69 and 1974-76), and Economic Advisor to the Shadow Chancellor and later Leader of the Labour Party, John Smith (1988-94). Inter alia he has been a non-Executive Director of Channel 4 Television and a consultant to the BBC. Andrew is married to Peggotty whose career at the Open University culminated as Dean and Director of Studies for the Social Sciences. They are both passionate windsurfers.
Recently, Dr Graham interviewed Professor Colin Mayer, former head of the Saïd Business School, about his new book 'Firm Commitment'. This can be viewed on the Voices from Oxford website here.
Mr Charles Conn (Massachusetts & Balliol 1983) will become Warden of Rhodes House at the end of Trinity Term 2013. Mr Conn has been Senior Advisor to the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation since 2001. At this Foundation his conservation projects included the preservation of wild salmon ecosystems and the Palmyra atoll research station. His investment company, Redjuice Capital, focused on technology and clean energy companies and he sits on several company and non-profit boards, including Patagonia and Trout Unlimited.
Earlier in his career, Mr Conn was the CEO of Ticketmaster-Citysearch, having co-founded Citysearch in 1995 and overseen the merger with Ticketmaster and the company’s public share offering. Prior to starting TMCS, Charles was a Partner with McKinsey & Company, and a leader of its growth strategy and energy practices.
In 1997 the California Software Industry Council named him Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2001 he was selected as a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. Mr Conn holds a BA from Boston University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. During his time in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, Charles achieved First Class Honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He is a citizen of both Canada and the United States.