Jarmo Takala, currently Vice President for Research at Tampere University of Technology, has been appointed as Provost of the new Tampere University that begins its operations on 1 January 2019. Juha Teperi, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tampere, will take up the position of Vice President for Research and Marja Sutela, Vice President for Education and RDI at Tampere University of Applied Sciences, the position of Vice President for Education. Mari Walls, previously President and CEO of LUKE Natural Resoures Institute Finland, took up her appointment as President of Tampere University on 13 August 2018.
The Transitional Board of the new Tampere University decided on the appointment of the provost and two vice presidents on Tuesday, 28 August. The provost and vice presidents will gradually assume their new five-year appointments in autumn 2018.
Jarmo Takala, installed as provost, will give up his seat as an elected member of the Academic Board and take up the responsibilities of chairing the Academic Board. A new member, who gained next most votes, will take his place in the Academic Board in the beginning of September. The Transitional Board extends deepest thanks to Antti Lönnqvist, Dean of the Faculty of Management at the University of Tampere, for his service as temporary chair of the Academic Board during the initiation stage.
As stated in the University Regulations, the Board appoints the provost on the recommendation of the president after hearing the Academic Board, and the vice presidents directly on the recommendation of the president. In addition to the provost’s appointment, the Board chose to also hear the Academic Board before the appointment of the vice presidents for research and education. The announcement of the candidates proposed for appointment was favourably received both at the pre-appointment hearing of the Academic Board and the community-wide discussion event on 22 August 2018.
”It is important for the management team of the new Tampere University to have a broad understanding of the new university’s activities as well as its wide-reaching academic fields. The management team possesses extensive experience in research, education and their administration. In addition, the new university’s priority areas of technology, health and society are well-represented among the members of the management team,” says President Mari Walls.
”President Walls assuming her position and now the appointment of the provost and two vice presidents are important milestones in the building of the new Tampere University. Up until now, the Transitional Board has had to oversee operative matters in addition to taking care of its core responsibilities. The Board is extremely pleased that the operative management has now taken over the responsibility for operative functions and the Board will be able to focus on strategic and financial matters,” says Marja Makarow, Chair of the Transitional Board.
Altogether 38 applications were submitted for the positions of provost and vice presidents. The processes of appointing the vice president, who oversees innovation activities, public and community relations and international networks, and the deans of Tampere University’s seven faculties are still underway.