Appointment of the next President

Professor Alice P. Gast, currently President of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, has accepted appointment as the next President of Imperial College London in succession to Sir Keith O’Nions. Professor Gast will take up the appointment in September 2014.

Professor Gast has served as President of Lehigh University since 2006 following appointments at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she was Vice President for Research and Associate Provost and held the Robert T. Haslam chair in chemical engineering. She was previously at Stanford University from 1985 to 2001 as a professor of chemical engineering and as affiliated faculty at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory. She has been a US Science Envoy to Central Asia and is currently a Board Director of the Chevron Corporation and Trustee of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.

Professor Gast’s appointment concludes an international search for Imperial’s next President conducted by the Appointing Committee established by the Council in April 2012.

Professor Gast’s full biography is available at:


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