The British School at Athens has announced the appointment of Professor Rebecca Sweetman as its new Director from September 2022. Rebecca is currently Head of the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews, where she has taught since 2003, and returns to the BSA having been Assistant Director in 2000-2003. She has extensive research experience on Crete, the islands and the Peloponnese, and is currently completing a Leverhulme-funded project on the Cycladic islands in the Roman and Late Antique periods, as she transitions to new research on displacement in the ancient and modern world. Among other distinctions, she is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of Scotland. Her teaching at St Andrews was recognised with a Teaching Excellence Award in 2014.
Of her new role, Rebecca says: ‘I am delighted to be taking on the exciting role of the Director of the BSA. It’s a wonderful time to be leading the School as two key landmarks approach: the Fitch Lab’s 50th anniversary in 2024 and the Knossos 2025 Project! I am looking forward to working with colleagues in Greece, the UK and across the discipline to carry on the great work of my predecessor. The BSA has a storied history, and by harnessing the opportunities that a changing world presents, it also has a very bright future.’
Dr Carol Bell, Chair of BSA Council, adds: ‘Having served as Assistant Director earlier in her career, and gained valuable leadership experience alongside pursuing her own research, Rebecca is very well placed to lead the BSA and build on the breadth and reach of our offering. The Appointment Panel wishes her well.’
The current Director, Prof. John Bennet, comments: ‘I was thrilled to learn of Rebecca’s appointment and look forward to working with her to ensure a smooth transition. I know that she will enjoy a warm welcome from everyone associated with the BSA in Greece and the UK, and I offer her my personal good wishes for every success in her tenure.’