LSE announces appointment of new President and Vice Chancellor

It is the honour of a lifetime to work with and for the LSE community to further the School’s founding mission
- Larry Kramer
Larry Kramer, incoming LSE President and Vice Chancellor

LSE is delighted to announce the appointment of Larry Kramer as its new President and Vice Chancellor. 

Larry Kramer will formally begin his role as LSE’s eighteenth President and Vice Chancellor in April 2024.

Currently President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Larry Kramer is a renowned scholar of constitutional law and history. He was previously Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School 2004-2012, and Associate Dean for Research and Academics and Russell D Niles Professor at New York University Law School 1994-2004. He was a Professor at the University of Chicago Law School and University of Michigan Law School, as well as Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School and Harvard Law School.  

A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the American Philosophical Society, he is the author of numerous articles and books, including The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review. Larry also serves as board chair of iCivics, a non-profit organisation that promotes civic education, and as a director on the boards of various other non-profit organisations, including the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the ClimateWorks Foundation.  

Susan Liautaud, LSE’s Chair of Council said: “We are thrilled that Larry Kramer is joining LSE. Larry is an outstanding and visionary leader and scholar. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to lead the School in advancing our mission to know the causes of things for the betterment of society. Council and the School Management Committee very much look forward to welcoming Larry to LSE. He will spearhead our ambitious strategy with respect to research, education, and global impact, as well as the positioning of the social sciences in today’s rapidly changing context.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the President and Vice Chancellor Selection Panel and the many members of the LSE community who contributed to the rigorous selection process.”  

Larry Kramer said: “To say I am thrilled at the opportunity to lead LSE is an understatement. The world needs institutions like LSE to help produce the research, scholars and leaders to address the challenges our world faces. LSE has a long, proud, and well-deserved record of intellectual excellence and global reach, and it is the honour of a lifetime to work with and for the LSE community to further the School’s founding mission.” 

Professor Eric Neumayer will continue to lead the School as the Interim President and Vice Chancellor until the new President takes up his post in 2024. 

Behind the article

  • Larry Kramer will be LSE’s eighteenth President and Vice Chancellor 
  • The international search was conducted by the President Selection Panel, led by the Chair of Council with academics on Council, independent Council members and two external members in an advisory non-voting capacity