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2016-04-27

Vice-Chancellor to leave his post this autumn

Mikael Alexandersson has chosen to resign from his post as Vice-Chancellor of Halmstad University and will leave this autumn; one year before his mandate expires. He has informed the University Governing Board as well as the other members of the management team about his decision. Halmstad University will now immediately begin the process of recruiting a new vice-chancellor.

– My decision is all about "timing", i.e. to find the right time that best suits the organisation and the other members of the University’s management team – but also the best time for me. My 6-year post as Vice-Chancellor was due to end at an inconvenient time; therefore, by leaving my post one year in advance, we avoid the University having both a new board and a new Vice-Chancellor at the same time, says Mikael Alexandersson.

Rektor Mikael Alexandersson

If Mikael Alexandersson were to stay his at his post the full mandate period it would mean a change of Vice-Chancellors just after a new University board has begun its mandate. "My conclusion is that if the current board is responsible for the recruitment of a new Vice-Chancellor, this will ensure continuity for the University's development", says Mikael Alexandersson.

While waiting for the government's bill concerning governing boards of universities and higher education institutes to be passed and come into force, the current governing board has had its mandate extended by one year (with some changes). However, in May 2017, a new form of governing board (with an expected altered composition) will start its mandate. Therefore, if Mikael Alexandersson was to fulfil his intended 6-year appointment, this would imply a change of Vice-Chancellor shortly after the new board is appointed.

Best time to leave

– My conclusion is that if the current board is responsible for the recruitment of a new Vice-Chancellor, this will ensure continuity for the University's development. The board will be able to be a big help for the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor; something that is not so easy for a new board to do. Therefore, the recruitment of a new Vice-Chancellor must be done by January 2017 says Mikael Alexandersson.

Another reason is that many of the changes and developments Mikael Alexandersson has started have now either been implemented or close to being implemented.

– It took nearly five years together with highly competent employees to help create an academy of high quality – both now and for the future. This has involved many complex processes, a number of senior recruitments as well as a good deal of change; something that has been both stimulating and challenging. Now is the best possible time to leave, when, after a series of major changes, we see that we are well equipped for the future. And I consider the future to be very bright for Halmstad University, says Mikael Alexandersson.

Recruitment of new Vice-Chancellor to start immediately

– As chairman of the board, I would have naturally have liked Mikael Alexandersson to continue as Vice-Chancellor, but I fully understand his decision; a decision I consider to be both responsible and well justified; with the long-term management of the University in mind. Mikael Alexandersson has in both a powerful and visionary way, led Halmstad University through many major changes, and it is obviously going to be a difficult task to find a good successor, which is something that we must start immediately, says Karin Starrin.

Customary for Vice-Chancellors who resign from their posts is that they have a limited period of time without loss of pay for research or investigation activities. Mikael Alexandersson has agreed with the chairman, Karin Starrin and Minister for Higher Education and Research, Helene Hellmark Knutsson to be available if needed for a period of six months, from October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, before officially leaving Halmstad University.

Chairman Karin Starrin has now been given the authority by the board, and on behalf of the board, to start the recruitment work, i.e. to lead the appointment of a recruitment committee and regularly inform and seek input from the board on how the work progresses.

Text: SELMA SEDELIUS
Translation: NICHOLAS LLOYD-PUGH
Photo: ANDERS ANDERSSON

Footnote: Mikael Alexandersson has been Vice-Chancellor of Halmstad University since October 1, 2011. His 6-year appointment was due to end on September 30, 2017. During this period of time, Mikael Alexandersson has been on leave from the University of Gothenburg.

It took nearly five years together with highly competent employees to help create an academy of high quality – both now and for the future. This has involved many complex processes, a number of senior recruitments as well as a good deal of change; something that has been both stimulating and challenging. Now is the best possible time to leave, when, after a series of major changes, we see that we are well equipped for the future. And I consider the future to be very bright for Halmstad University,

Mikael Alexandersson

Updated 2016-04-27