Susanna Öhman is appointed next Vice-Chancellor
The Swedish government has decided to appoint Susanna Öhman as the new Vice-Chancellor of Halmstad University, in accordance with the proposal from the University Governing Board. Susanna Öhman is a professor of Sociology at Mid Sweden University, and among other positions she is former Dean at Halmstad University’s School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences. She takes office on March 20, the day after present Vice-Chancellor Stephen Hwang retires from his appointment.
”I enjoyed working at Halmstad University very much and am now looking forward to coming back as Vice-Chancellor. It is an excellent, well-run university, with good finances and an exciting profile.”
Susanna Öhman, incoming Vice-Chancellor
Susanna Öhman is a Professor of Sociology at Mid Sweden University, where she has worked during most of her academic career. Currently she is Head of the Risk and Crisis Research Centre (RCR) and Deputy Head of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is well acquainted with Halmstad University from her time as Dean of the School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences during the period 2018–2020.
“I enjoyed working at Halmstad University very much and am now looking forward to coming back as Vice-Chancellor. It is an excellent, well-run university, with good finances and an exciting profile. I have previously been a head at all university levels, but never ultimately responsible, which I look forward to be as Vice-Chancellor”, says Susanna Öhman.
“Susanna Öhman has a thorough experience of management and good knowledge of Halmstad University. She is a calm and confident leader with a great commitment to building a good work environment and organisational culture. She will provide good possibilities for the University to continue its development in the chosen direction, says Harald Castler, Chairman of the University Governing Board.
Harald Castler was also chairman of the recruitment group that carried out the recruitment process in autumn 2021 and spring 2022. After selection, interviews and hearings, the recruitment group, like all hearing groups that met Susanna Öhman, agreed to propose her to the Governing Board as next Vice-Chancellor.
Text: Selma Sedelius
Picture: Dan Bergmark