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Candidate for vice-chancellor at Linköping University proposed for consultation process

The recruitment group appointed by the University Board has decided to propose Professor Jan-Ingvar Jönsson, Linköping University, for a consultation process for the vice-chancellorship. Jan-Ingvar Jönsson will next week meet the four consultation groups that have been appointed to represent students, teachers, other employees, and the academic and administrative management.

Bild: Jan-Ingvar JönssonJan-Ingvar Jönsson came to LiU in 2003 and is professor in medical cell biology at the Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, BKV. Since 2016 he has been principal secretary for medicine and health and for clinical research at the Swedish Research Council.

“I am delighted to be able to present Jan-Ingvar Jönsson as candidate for the vice-chancellorship at Linköping University”, says Lena Sommestad, chair of the University Board.

“Jan-Ingvar Jönsson is a highly qualified researcher and teacher with broad experiences of management on many levels, not only within his own university but also in national and international contexts. He satisfies in an excellent manner the complete breadth of expertise given in the specification of requirements.”

The recruitment group has unanimously ranked Jan-Ingvar Jönsson as the primary candidate and agreed to present him for the consultation process.

“As chair of the board, I find it highly valuable that representatives for the general public, students, teachers and a co-opted representative for the employee associations have reached a unanimous decision in the recruitment group”, says Lena Sommestad. “We have carried out an extensive and careful recruitment process and are convinced that Jan-Ingvar Jönsson can meet the high expectations that have been posed, both internally and externally.”

The new vice-chancellor is to take up the post on 1 July 2020 when the contract of current vice-chancellor Helen Dannetun expires. The final decision of who is to become vice-chancellor at Linköping University will be taken by the government, after the University Board has put forward a suggestion. The contract for a vice-chancellor normally runs for six years, and can then be renewed in three year-periods, a maximum of two times. 

The recruitment process

At its meeting on 11 September 2019, the University Board approved a procedure that would lead to proposed candidates for vice-chancellor. A recruitment group was formed, led by Chair of the University Board Lena Sommestad.

The work of the recruitment group has been based on the profile of expertise for vice-chancellor at LiU that was laid down by the University Board at its meeting on 16 October 2019.

In addition to the chair, members of the recruitment board have been vice chairman Dan Jangblad, representatives on the university board for teaching personnel Elin Wihlborg, Mats Fahlman and Markus Heilig, and representatives on the university board for students, Sofia Ritenius, Ludwig Modahl Edström and Elin Fägerstam. Krzysztof Marciniak has been co-opted as representative for the local employee associations.

The group has been assisted by University Director Kent Walterson, Director of Human Resources Pia Rundgren and Secretary of the University Board Jenny Ljung.

Consultations will take place with four consultation groups.  This process is the method used by Linköping University to satisfy the requirements laid down by the Higher Education Ordinance for consultation during the recruitment process, Chapter 2, Section 8: “Before the board of governors submits its proposal, consultation shall take place with the teachers, other employees and students in the manner determined by the board of governors.” Four consultation groups – for students, teachers, other employees, and academic and administrative management – make a broad consultation process possible. The consultation groups do not have the right to make decisions: they are consultation groups in the sense that they describe their reflections and perspectives to the recruitment group.

  • The consultation group for students consists of 10 people jointly appointed by the student unions.
  • The consultation group for teachers consists of 30 people, 12 of whom have been appointed by the board of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, 8 by the board of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, 7 by the board of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and 3 by the Area of Educational Sciences.
  • The consultation group for other employees consists of 15 people appointed by the local employee associations at the university.
  • The consultation group with representatives for the university’s academic and administrative management consists of 12 people appointed by the chair in consultation with the vice-chancellor.

The consultations will take place on 26 and 27 February.


Chair of the University Board Lena Sommestad

lena.sommestad@lansstyrelsen.se, +46 10 224 3383


Recruitment group

Lena Sommestad: lena.sommestad@lansstyrelsen.se

Dan Jangblad: dan.jangblad@live.se

Teacher representatives

Markus Heilig: markus.heilig@liu.se

Mats Fahlman: mats.fahlman@liu.se

Elin Wihlborg: elin.wihlborg@liu.se

Student representatives

Sofia Ritenius: ko@stuff.liu.se

Ludwig Modahl Edström: ko@lintek.liu.se

Elin Fägerstam: ko@consensus.liu.se

Employee association representative

Krzysztof Marciniak: krzysztof.marciniak@liu.se


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Last updated: 2020-02-18