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Sir Colin Renshaw Lucas (born 1940) is an historian and university administrator. From 1997 to 2004, he was the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. In May 2006, he was appointed Chair of the Board of the British Library for a four-year term ending 2010.

Sir Colin is the godfather of Boris Johnson.


Sir Colin studied at Lincoln College, Oxford. After graduation, he took a post as a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield (1965–69), and then later at the University of Manchester (1970–73). He became a Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Balliol College in 1973. In 1990, he took a post at the University of Chicago as Professor of History, where he became chair of the History Department in 1992 and Dean of the Division of Social Sciences in 1993. He returned to Oxford in 1994 to become Master of Balliol College (1994–2000). In 2002, he was appointed Knight Bachelor for his services to higher education.

Sir Colin was the first Oxford Vice-Chancellor to serve for seven years (1997–2004, during which time he implemented many changes in the University governance structure, such as the adoption of external members to the University's Council, a radical restructuring of the committee system, divisionalism of academic departments, the establishment of a University Committee on Access and the adoption of new resource allocation and financial management systems.[1]

Sir Colin specializes in the history of 18th century France, especially the French Revolution. His academic publications include The Structure of the Terror (1973) and Beyond the Terror (with Gwynne Lewis, 1983), as well as numerous essays and articles.

List of positions held


Academic offices
Preceded by
Baruch Samuel Blumberg
Master of Balliol College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Andrew Winston Mawdsley Graham
Preceded by
Sir Peter North
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
John Hood


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