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The Warden of Rhodes House

Warden

Mr Charles Conn (Massachusetts & Balliol 1983)

Before taking up the Wardenship, Mr Conn was Senior Advisor to the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation. At the Moore Foundation his conservation projects included the preservation of wild salmon ecosystems and the Palmyra Atoll biological research station. His investment company, Redjuice Capital, focused on technology and clean energy companies and he sits on several company and non-profit boards or advisory committees, including Patagonia, the Arcadia Foundation, the Oxford Internet Institute and the Atlantic Salmon Foundation. Charles is also a Professorial Fellow of Balliol College.

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 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 Harvard Business School. During his time in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, he achieved First Class Honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Mr Conn is a citizen of both Canada and the United States.

 

History of Wardens

1903-1931
Sir Francis Wylie
Previously Fellow & Tutor, Brasenose College, Oxford

1931-1952
Sir Carleton Allen
Previously Professor of Jurisprudence and Fellow of University College, Oxford

1952-1980
Sir Edgar Williams
Previously Fellow & Tutor in History, Balliol College, Oxford; Chief of Intelligence to Montgomery in World War II

1980-1989
Dr Robin Fletcher
Previously Fellow & Bursar of Trinity College, Oxford; Olympian (field hockey)

1989-1999
Sir Anthony Kenny
Previously Master of Balliol College, Oxford; also Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, and President of the British Academy

1999-2004
Dr John Rowett
Previously Fellow & Tutor in History, Brasenose College, Oxford; subsequently Secretary-General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities

2004-2009
Sir Colin Lucas
Previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, and Master of Balliol College, Oxford

2009-2012
Dr Donald Markwell (Queensland & Trinity 1981)
Previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), University of Western Australia; Warden of Trinity College, University of Melbourne; Fellow & Tutor in Politics, Merton College, Oxford

2012-2013
Dr Andrew Graham, Acting Warden
Previously Master of Balliol College, Oxford

2013-present
Mr Charles Conn, (Massachusetts & Balliol 1983)
Previously Senior Advisor to the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation and co-founder of Citysearch