Today, the university board decided to put forward a proposal to the government that Peter Aronsson becomes the new rector of Linnaeus University. The decision was taken following a vote with seven votes for and four against. Two board members abstained from voting and two were absent. One board member made a reservation against some parts of the implementation of the process, but not against the decision itself.
"The decision was based on a weighing together of all merits. The decision has been preceded by a constructive process in which different viewpoints have been considered based on the fact that we managed to attract three very strong candidates", says Dan Brändström, chairman of the university board.
"I'm honoured and very happy that I've been trusted with this role and I'm much looking forward to getting to work. Linnaeus University is a strong and interesting higher education institution with great possibilities to contribute with innovative knowledge that meets our societal challenges, through the commitment of society, students and members of staff", says Peter Aronsson.
The next step in the process is for the government to make the formal decision.
Peter Aronsson is professor of history and pro-rector at Linnaeus University. After twelve years as professor of the use of history and cultural heritage at Linköping University, he moved on to Linnaeus University where he started working full-time as professor in January 2013. During the period 2013–2015, Peter Aronsson was dean for the faculty of arts and humanities as well as vice-rector. As from January 1, 2016, he has been pro-rector at Linnaeus University.
Dan Brändström, chairman of the university board, phone, +4670-648 47 50
Peter Aronsson, phone, +4672-573 68 00
Annika Sand, senior press officer, phone, +4676-830 01 05