Jet Bussemaker has been appointed a member of the Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences (HvA) as of 1 March 2011. Within the Executive Board she will hold the position of rector of the HvA.
From 2007 tot 2010, Bussemaker (1961) was State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport during the fourth term of the Balkenende government. In that capacity she was responsible for, among other things, long-term care, policy on the elderly, sport and medical-ethical issues. From 1998 to 2007, she was a member of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) in the Lower House. She is also currently a Crown-appointed member of the Social and Economic Council.
For many years Bussemaker has played a role in higher education in Amsterdam. She graduated from the University of Amsterdam with honours in political science, and in 1993 received a doctorate from the same university for her dissertation titled ‘Disputed Independence: Individualisation, Gender and the Welfare State’ (Betwiste zelfstandigheid. Individualisering, sekse en verzorgingsstaat). In 1994 she received the annual prize from the Dutch Political Science Association for her dissertation. Between 1993 and 1998 Bussemaker was assistant professor at the UvA, and from 1991 to 2007, assistant professor at the department of Political Science and Public Administration and Public Policy Studies of the VU University Amsterdam.
Niek Urbanus, president of the Supervisory Board of the UvA/HvA, is very pleased with the appointment of Jet Bussemaker: ‘She’s a highly experienced and competent administrator who fits well into the UvA/HvA environment. She’s well versed with higher education in Amsterdam. We’re therefore convinced she’ll play a significant role for the HvA and we wish her every success in her new position.’