Prof. Hans Brug, dean at the UvA's Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG), has been appointed director-general of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) under the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS).
The Cabinet approved the nomination by Minister Ollongren of the Interior and Kingdom Relations on Friday 1 June. As Brug will assume his new position from 10 September, he will leave the UvA in early September.
‘The past years, I have felt fortunate to have been working at an exceptional faculty of a wonderful university, explains Brug. 'Together, we have achieved great results within the faculty. However, I could not refuse this unique opportunity. The RIVM is the leading scientific institute at the crossroads of public health and the environment. Here, I can combine my experience as a health scientist, epidemiologist and executive staff member at VUmc and FMG in the position of director-general.'
Geert ten Dam, president of the Executive Board, responds: 'Hans will be sorely missed by the University. Not only is he an excellent dean, but he is also a pleasant colleague. However, I completely understand this is an unique opportunity for Hans. Given his background in health science, he is ideally suited to become director-general of RIVM.'
The Executive Board will soon appoint an interim dean and start the process of recruiting a new dean. Employees and students will be kept informed of any developments in this respect.