Thomas Wilhelmsson appointed Chancellor of the University of Helsinki

The University Collegium has appointed Rector, Doctor of Laws Thomas Wilhelmsson, 63, to the position of Chancellor of the University of Helsinki. His term will be June 1st 2013 – September 30th 2017.

Thomas Wilhelmsson appointed Chancellor of the University of Helsinki

Doctor of Laws Thomas Wilhelmsson has served most of his professional career at the University of Helsinki. Before his appointment as Rector in 2008, he served ten years as Vice-Rector, and as the professor of civil and commercial law from the year 1981.

The other candidate for the position was Marja Makarow, Vice President for Research at the Academy of Finland. Wilhelmsson received 38 votes from the University Collegium and Makarow received 9 votes. The Board of the University of Helsinki will launch the procedure to find a successor to Wilhelmsson in its next meeting.

The Chancellor of the University of Helsinki must promote science and scholarship as well as the University’s community relations, look after the University’s interests and supervise its activities. The Chancellor decides on the appointment of professors as specified in the University Regulations. The Chancellor also grants the titles of professor and docent. The Chancellor is responsible for arranging internal audits at the University and is in charge of inquiries concerning alleged violations of the responsible conduct of research.

Board members from outside the University appointed

In its meeting the University Collegium also appointed the external members for the University Board for the term 2014-2017. New members include Doctor of Social Sciences Seppo Honkapohja, member of the Board of the Bank of Finland; MBA Jussi Pajunen, Mayor of Helsinki; and Master of Theology Antti Pentikäinen, Director of Finn Church Aid. Returning Board members include Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Jaana Husu-Kallio, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; MA Gunvor Kronman, CEO at the Hanasaari Cultural Centre; and MA (Poli. Sci.), MSc (Econ.), MSE Jorma Ollila, Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell.

The Board of the University of Helsinki comprises 13 members, seven of whom are appointed from within the University community and six from outside it. The University members are selected in an election to be organised next autumn.

The 50-member University Collegium comprises representatives of University professors, staff and students.

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