William Strickland’s personal nomination by John Howard as his successor as president of the Academy at Liège was no surprise to him. During the summer of 1783, shortly before his last illness, Howard had invited Strickland to Liège to discuss the matter with him. Though Strickland’s experience up to that time had largely been in the missionary field, rather than in academic or administrative spheres, he had a wide knowledge of the world and came from a family with an extensive international background.