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"His selection as headmaster surprised us" could be interpreted as "[The person that he chose] as headmaster surprised us." It's ok if there is no ambiguity in the context, though.

The clearest option is to make it active voice: "We were surprised that he was chosen as a headmaster."

Except that June 1, 2010, 8:52pm

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