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Scholar Star Search: Huntington Library's New Research Director

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After a world-wide search, Steve Hindle, a history professor at England's Warwick University, was named on Monday to succeed Robert "Roy" Ritchie as director of research at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens on July 1, reports the Pasadena Star-News.

Huntington President Stephen S. Koblik said they sought a "wonderful scholar" but also someone who could do the job of an administrative position. According to the Pasadena Star-News, 82 candidates were initially considered for the top job including "professors from Italy and Germany, Great Britain and the U.S.," said Koblik.

Said Hindle, an expert on England's rural communities from 1500 to the mid-18th century, "This is a particularly exciting and challenging time to be taking on this role...As governments on both sides of the Atlantic are slashing funding for research and teaching in the humanities, the Huntington has an unrivalled opportunity to protect a tradition of humanistic scholarship which would otherwise be in serious danger of withering away," reports the Pasadena Star-News.