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Helen Dannetun will not seek extension in vice-chancellor post

Helen Dannetun will not apply for a further extension as vice-chancellor for Linköping University when her current contract expires at the end of June 2020. She has today informed the University Board of her decision.

One of the points on the agenda for the meeting of the University Board today was the vice-chancellor post, given that Helen Dannetun’s contract expires in the summer of 2020. One alternative would have been a further three-year extension, but it became clear during the board meeting that this is not the case. Helen Dannetun informed the board that she is not available for an extension.

“Helen has been hugely significant for Linköping University and will pass on to her successor an institution of higher education that stands well-prepared for the future in all respects. We are now starting the process of identifying candidates for a new vice-chancellor to pass to the government”, says Lena Sommestad, chair of the University Board.

It was not an easy decision for Helen Dannetun.
“It’s been an exciting and amazingly enjoyable task as vice-chancellor for Linköping University, and it still is. But I’ve come to the conclusion that it may be time for new blood to take over”, says Helen.

At the same time, she makes it clear that she is full of energy, ready to continue to lead the university until the summer.

“Oh yes – there’s a great deal of work to be done before my successor takes over. One of the things we are starting is a large and important work around our fundamental values at LiU, which I want to follow closely.”

“Another question that will take up much of my time is associated with infrastructure and resource allocation. We will need to coordinate the use of our own and Sweden’s resources, and we need to consider how we finance our operations”, Helen Dannetun concludes.


Translated by George Farrants

Björn Stafstedt 2019-09-11

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