The Executive Board has appointed Janneke Plantenga as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (LEG) with effect from 1 January 2018. She succeeds Annetje Ottow, who will serve as Vice-President of the Executive Board of Utrecht University from the same date. Plantenga has been appointed for a term of two years.
Janneke Plantenga (b. 1956) is currently faculty Vice-Dean of research and Department Head of Economics. Anton Pijpers, President of the Executive Board: ‘The Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance will be facing a number of major challenges in the period ahead. Janneke Plantenga is an experienced administrator who is very familiar with the faculty and can therefore provide stability and administrative continuity. The Faculty Council supports her appointment.’
A two-year term was chosen so the Interim Dean can complete several important change projects initiated by Annetje Ottow, including those relating to the administrative organisation of the faculty and its support organisation, to wit the project ‘Focus on Support Staff’. The Executive Board will begin the recruitment process for a new Dean in the spring of 2019.
Janneke Plantenga has served as Professor of Economics of the Welfare State since 2005. Her research focuses on social inequality in society from an economic perspective. Among other roles, she is an independent member of the Labour Market and Education Issues Committee of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands. Plantenga is very eager to get started as Interim Dean. ‘It is a wonderful faculty with top students and expert staff. LEG plays a central role in society and routinely collaborates with other faculties as well as external partners. We are always searching for the best way to structure our society. As Vice Dean of research, I am already very familiar with all three departments. It is a great privilege to be able to lead and represent the faculty as Interim Dean in the period ahead.’