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Recruitment of new deputy vice-chancellor

As the current deputy vice-chancellor Eva Wiberg has been proposed for the position of vice-chancellor at the University of Gothenburg, Lund University is looking to appoint a new deputy vice-chancellor, starting 1 July 2017.

The vice-chancellor is to have a deputy (entitled deputy vice-chancellor), who acts on behalf of the vice-chancellor when the latter is away. The deputy vice-chancellor is appointed by the University Board. A person is eligible for the position of deputy vice-chancellor if he or she meets the eligibility requirements for a position as professor or senior lecturer.

News about the process  

On Thursday 20 September, the University Board decided to appoint Sylvia Schwaag Serger as the new deputy vice-chancellor of Lund University as of 1 January 2018.

Read more on the Lund University website (in swedish).

On Friday 8 September, the Electoral College held a vote as part of the deputy vice-chancellor selection process. The result was 19 votes for Sylvia Schwaag Serger as deputy vice-chancellor and 14 votes against.

Votes were recorded for 43 of the 48 Electoral College members eligible to vote. Two of the votes were declared invalid and eight were blank votes.

The Nominating Committee will sum up the process this week and the University Board will make a decision on the matter on 20 September.

At a meeting on 1 September, the University Board’s nominating committee informed the Electoral College that, after careful desideration, is has unanimously decided that the candidate the college will assess is Sylvia Schwaag Serger, currently head of international strategy at Vinnova and adjunct professor at the School of Economics and Management. Based on the person specification approved by the University Board, the nominating committee finds Schwaag Serger to be the clearly most qualified candidate for the post as deputy vice-chancellor and the candidate most suitable to complement the vice-chancellor.   

The remit of the nominating committee was to find one or more candidates. Throughout the process, all decisions of the committee have been unanimous. Following the consultation with the Electoral College, the University Board will appoint a new deputy vice-chancellor at its meeting on 20 September.

At its meeting on 16 June, the University Board found that the process of proposing new candidates for the post of deputy vice-chancellor will have to be extended somewhat. The extension is necessary in order to accommodate the board’s intention to fulfil the Electoral College’s request to be allowed to present several candidates for the post. The board is planning to appoint a new deputy vice-chancellor at its next meeting on 20 September.

At the same meeting, the University Board also decided to appoint the current pro vice-chancellor with responsibility for research and research infrastructure, Stacey Ristinmaa Sörensen, to the post of deputy vice-chancellor as of 1 July 2017 up to and including 31 December 2017, but only until a new deputy vice-chancellor has been appointed.

Process of appointing a new deputy vice-chancellor

The work will proceed according to the following general timetable:

  • 15 February: The Board appoints an internal nominating committee and takes a decision on the process
  • 21 March: The Board takes a decision on the person specification for the deputy vice-chancellor, after consultation with teaching staff, other employees and students through the Electoral College
  • 22 March: Information on the vacant position as deputy vice-chancellor, and the opportunity to nominate candidates
  • 17 April: Last day to submit an expression of interest or to nominate candidates
  • 10–11 May: Candidates interviewed by the nominating committee
  • 1 September: The nominating committee presents candidates to the Electoral College
  • 4 September: The Electoral College interviews candidates
  • 8 September: The Electoral College takes the matter to a vote and subsequently submits a statement to the nominating committee
  • 20 September: The University Board appoints a new deputy vice-chancellor

Read more about the Electoral College

The nominating committee

The nominating committee is composed of the following members:

  • Jonas Hafström, (chair) convener
  • Sven Lidin (lecturer)
  • Anna Stellinger (external)
  • Oskar Styf (student)

The following people have the right to attend, make statements and proposals at the meetings of the nominating committee:

  • a representative of the Lund University Students’ Unions: Björn Sanders
  • a representative for each of the employee organisations:
    Saco-S Lars-Åke Lööv
    OFR/S Jacob Branting
    SEKO Ingrid Lagerbäck

Chair of the Electoral College Mats Benner will attend one of the meetings of the nominating committee (in accordance with a decision taken by the nominating committee on 20 February).

The chair of the nominating committee has the casting vote during the committee meetings.

Head of Office Cecilia Billgren will provide the nominating committee with administrative support. The group will report continuously to the Board.

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