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Geert ten Dam and Karen Maex have been reappointed by the Supervisory Board of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) as, respectively, chairperson of the Executive Board and Rector Magnificus of the university. This follows a positive recommendation from both the Student Council and Works Council. Both reappointments take effect on 1 June 2020 and are for a period of four years.

Karen Maex and Geert ten Dam
Karen Maex and Geert ten Dam (Photo: Folia, Daniël Rommens)

Ten Dam and Maex were first appointed with effect from 1 June 2016. The Supervisory Board has followed with appreciation how Ten Dam and Maex have given substance to their positions and how the Executive Board has managed the UvA over the period of their first terms. Supervisory Board chairperson Marise Voskens is pleased that Ten Dam and Maex are available for new terms on the Board: ‘Geert and Karen see and hear what is important to staff and students. They stand up for the interests of the university community and for the position and role of the UvA in society, and they dare to speak their minds on these topics. In this way they make an important contribution to the administrative quality and continuity of the Executive Board.’

The Central Student Council (CSR) and the Central Works Council (COR) also gave a positive opinion on the reappointments. ‘The COR appreciates the way in which Geert and Karen have gone about their duties and looks forward with confidence to future meetings with them,’ says Gerwin van der Pol, chair of the COR. ‘The CSR has worked constructively with this Executive Board in recent years, thanks to the commitment and dedication of Geert and Karen,’ adds CSR chair Pjotr van der Jagt.

About Geert ten Dam
Prof. G.T.M. (Geert) ten Dam (1958) has been professor of Educational Sciences at the UvA since 1999. Until the end of 2014, Ten Dam was president of the Educational Council of the Netherlands. Prior to that, she was rector of the UvA’s university teacher-training programme and chair of its department of Child Development and Education. The chair of the Executive Board focuses on strategy, HR policy, communication, internal audit, external advocacy, profiling and fundraising. Since 2015, Ten Dam has been a crown-appointed member of the Social and Economic Council.

About Karen Maex
Prof. K.I.J. (Karen) Maex (1959) has been professor of Material Physics and Nanoelectronics at the UvA since 2014. From 2014 to 2016, she was dean of the Faculty of Science at the UvA and of the Faculty of Exact Sciences and the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences at the Free University Amsterdam. Before coming to Amsterdam, Maex was vice-rector of KU Leuven. She was also a member of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The Rector Magnificus has education, research, student policy, academic integrity and internationalisation in their portfolio.