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Hillary Clinton lands role as college chancellor in Northern Ireland

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Posted at 3:09 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 17:29:21-05

Hillary Clinton has entered the world of academics as Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland announced on Thursday that Clinton has become the university's first female chancellor.

Clinton's hiring was effective on Wednesday, and Clinton is expected to serve as chancellor for five years.

According to Queen's, Clinton's job has three essential functions. "A ceremonial one which involves presiding at degree congregations; an ambassadorial role, where the office holder helps to 'open doors' for the University as it seeks to fulfil its mission; and finally as an advisor, available to the Vice-Chancellor and senior management as a “sounding board” and to provide counsel and guidance," the university said.

Clinton, a former U.S. first lady, senator and secretary of state, received an honorary degree from Queen's in 2018.

“It is a great privilege to become the Chancellor of Queen’s University, a place I have great fondness for and have grown a strong relationship with over the years," Clinton said in a statement. "The University is making waves internationally for its research and impact and I am proud to be an ambassador and help grow its reputation for excellence.”

At Queen's, Clinton will oversee 19,000 students and an academic staff of 1,120, according to US News and World Report .