University of York in America

The University of York in America is a separate legal entity from the University.

Donations to the University of York in America are tax deductible and it is a 501(c)(3) organisation (EIN number: 30-0241333). Our Board of Directors decides how funds donated to the University of York in America are used.

Aims of the University of York in America

Our Mission Statement:

The University of York in America is a non-profit organisation. With the help of alumni and friends, it supports the increase of educational opportunity and quality of education and research at the University of York and other institutions. Through the development of strategic partnerships it aims to increase awareness of the University of York and its priority projects and to raise funds in support of students, teaching and research.

In practise this means that it aims to:

  • increase opportunities for students to study and work abroad by expanding the capacity of the US International Connections Fund
  • develop partnerships including cultural exchanges, internships and exchange programmes
  • increase other educational opportunities and research
  • engage in strategic media promotion to develop awareness of the University of York

The Board of Directors

The President of the University of York in America is the Vice-Chancellor of York. Our alumni volunteer members are all US-based residents who are active ambassadors for York in the United States.

Koen Lamberts (President)



Born in Hasselt, Belgium, Professor Lamberts holds undergraduate degrees in Philosophy (1985) and Psychology (1987) and a PhD in Experimental Psychology (1992) from the University of Leuven.

Following a research appointment at the University of Chicago, he became a lecturer at the University of Birmingham in 1992. He was Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Warwick from 2000 to 2013. At Warwick, he served as Faculty Chair for Science, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Science & Medicine) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost.

Professor Lamberts has a track record of experimental research into cognitive processes in perception, memory and decision making, and of mathematical and computational modelling of these processes. He has collaborated with commercial and industrial partners in applied research that has focussed on consumer behaviour and product design. He was a recipient of the British Psychological Society’s Cognitive Award (1996) and of the Experimental Psychology Society Prize (1997).

Patricia Renfro

History and English, Langwith, 1966

About Patricia…

Patricia Renfro (nee Candlin) graduated from York in 1966 with a BA (Hons) in English and History. From 2000 to Spring 2011 she was Deputy University Librarian at Columbia University. She is now happily retired and she and her husband Charles, who also graduated from York in 1966, live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Southport, Maine.

Patricia earned an Academic Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship from the University of London and an MA from the University of Kentucky. After moving to the US she worked at the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the University of Kentucky and the University of Pennsylvania, before moving to New York and Columbia University. She has published a number of articles on information technology, research libraries and scholarly communication and has served on a number of national committees including the Steering Committee of SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

Julia Morgan

Biology, Goodricke, 1984

About Julia…

Julia Morgan (nee Davies) graduated from York in 1984, BSc (Hons) Biology and now lives in New Canaan, CT with her husband of 20 years and their three children. The first female graduate trainee at Harlow and Jones Ltd, she was one of the few female Steel Commodity Traders in London in the 1980's. She then moved into food, firstly in the Far East and then with an Anglo-American subsidiary. By 1993 she set up her first company, funded by Toyota Tsusho (UK) Ltd and then went on to set up a Joint Venture between herself and the Sekar Group, one of the largest Indonesian Food trading companies.

Julia's real strength/passion for the food commodities came through her knowledge of biology gained at York and it gave her a real advantage in a very male dominated area of business in the 80's/90's.

She moved permanently to America in 1999 and switched her focus to raising her family and voluntary work where she became very involved in fundraising activities for educational institutions and local charities.

Julia has had extensive involvement for over 15 years with numerous schools on both sides of the pond, especially her old school, Wellington College, serving on their general, and Executive and Finance Committees. She is also a Trustee of the Herbert Trust, which gives assisted places to children in changed circumstances.

Nicholas Wapshott

Politics and Sociology, Goodricke, 1973

About Nicholas…

Nicholas Wapshott graduated from York in 1973 in Politics and Sociology, and now lives in New York. A biographer and journalist, he currently combines work as editorial consultant for, a position as adjunct professor at New School, New York, with work on his latest book chronicling the rivalry between economists Keynes and Hayek was published in September 2011. Nicholas wrote for The Scotsman and The Times during the late 1970s and early 1980s. He became political editor of the Observer in 1988, followed by editing The Times Magazine and the Saturday Times. He moved to the US in 2001 to be North American correspondent for The Times, followed by the Sunday Telegraph, moving to be the national and foreign editor of the New York Sun between 2006 and 2008. He is married to Louise Nicholson and has two sons, William and Oliver.

Simon Martin

Sociology and Contemporary Culture, James, 1993

About Simon…

Simon lives in Washington DC, where he is Deputy Director, United States Sentencing Commission. He joined the federal judiciary 11 years ago after a career managing schools and campuses at the University of Washington. He has recently become involved in international development, speaking on government accountability, performance budgeting, internal controls, and financial systems, on behalf of USAID and the US State Department.

Born in London, Simon moved to the US as a youngster. He studied at the undergraduate level at Occidental College and Evergreen State College and came to York as a mature student. Simon studied for an MA in Sociology and Contemporary Culture and graduated in 1993. He was a member of James College.

Anthony Hollingworth

Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Wentworth, 2000

About Anthony…

Anthony graduated with First Class honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from York in 2000. He was a member of Wentworth College where he first met his now wife, Megan, whilst she was completing a semester abroad programme in the Department of English and Related Literature.

Anthony currently lives in New Jersey. He is a management and technology consultant and Director of Gartner Consulting, a fact based IT and Business Consulting company. He has over ten years' experience advising government agencies and businesses in both the United Kingdom and United States, specializing in public-sector strategy and technology. He previously worked at the University of Pennsylvania as a Project Manager and as a consultant for Accenture. From 1996-2003 he was a soldier in the British Army, Royal Corps of Signals.