Movers and Shakers – Anthony Seldon

Schools Week, 09.05.15, Anthony Seldon is leaving Wellington College after 10 years as the school’s 13th headmaster to become vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham, which his father Arthur Seldon helped to found 40 years ago. HMC member Anthony Seldon features.

Sir Anthony says he has done “everything [he] wanted to do” at the Berkshire independent school, including pioneering the teaching of wellbeing and happiness, the teaching of multiple intelligences and opening two schools in China.

“I love the students, the staff, the parents and the whole Wellington community and I will miss everything about it. I’ll miss being part of a go-ahead and exciting institution — but the good thing is, I am going to a new one.”

The political historian, author and commentator on education has written or edited more than 35 books, including works on John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, and David Cameron.

The 61-year-old plans a 10-year tenure at the university. And after that? He says if he’s then too old to be a player, he’ll take over as manager of Manchester United.

“From now until then I hope they keep the seat warm for me.”

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