March 16, 2012
Williams, 61, renowned for his formidable learning, announced Friday he will take up a new post as master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.
"I would hope that my successor has the constitution of an ox and the skin of a rhinoceros," he said.
He was appointed in 2002 as archbishop of Canterbury, the senior official in the Church of England and the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, which says it represents 85 million people worldwide, according to an article for the Associated Press.
Williams has a deep connection with Cambridge University, where he studied theology at Christ's College and then served as a tutor at Westcott House, a Church of England theological college in the city. He lectured in the School of Divinity from 1980 to 1986, and was dean and chaplain of Clare College from 1984 to 1986.