The Vice-Chancellor leads the daily operations of a higher education institution. Susanna Öhman is the Vice-Chancellor of Halmstad University and assumed her position on March 20, 2023.
Susanna Öhman is a professor of Sociology, with most of her academic career from Mid Sweden University. As Head of the Risk and Crisis Research Centre (RCR) she has performed research about societal perspectives on risks and crises, how they are perceived by the public, and how to communicate with the public about them. At Mid Sweden University she has also held positions as, among others, acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dean, Chairman of a Faculty Board and Head of Department.
She was also previously Dean of the School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences at Halmstad University during the period 2018–2020. She has also held various external assignments, such as a member of the review group in the Swedish Higher Education Authority’s evaluation of the quality system at Örebro University, member of The Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF) working group for refugee issues in higher education and a member of the strategic group for gender mainstreaming in higher education at the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research
The Vice-Chancellor is appointed by the government following a proposal from the Board and is appointed for a maximum of six years. However, the position may be renewed up to two times, each for a period of three years. The Vice-Chancellor must have a deputy, a Pro Vice-Chancellor, and may also have one or more Deputy Vice-Chancellors.