The Executive Board

The Executive Board is Utrecht University’s highest administrative body. The Supervisory Board appoints the members of the Executive Board after hearing the University Council. 

Professor Anton Pijpers, President

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Professor Anton Pijpers. Photo: Arnaud Mooij

Executive assistant: Maartje van den Berg
Tel. +31 30 253 51 50

Areas of responsibility:

  • coordination, strategy and organisation
  • administrative and legal affairs and representation
  • human resources
  • communications & marketing
  • alumni policy and fundraising
  • valorisation, entrepeneurship and external relations (region, The Hague, Brussels)
  • area development
  • sustainability programme
  • internationalisation
  • SHO Committee University Council
  • University Labour Representation Board

See also the profile and CV of Professor Anton Pijpers.

Professor Henk Kummeling, Rector Magnificus

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Professor Henk Kummeling. Photo: Arnaud Mooij

Executive assistant: Annemieke Hekking
Tel. +31 30 253 51 31

Areas of responsibility:

  • research and education
  • student policy and student organisations
  • diversity & inclusion
  • professorship policy and Board for the Conferral of Doctoral Degrees
  • academic affairs 
  • science and culture
  • university library
  • cooperation in higher education
    • Executive Board TUe/WUR/UMCU/UU Alliance
    • Rectors League LERU
    • Rectors Assembly Coimbra Group
    • Rectors Assembly CHARM-EU
  • OOS Committee University Council

See also the profile and CV of Professor Henk Kummeling.

Margot van der Starre, Vice President

Margot van der Starre
Margot van der Starre

Executive assistant: Ellen Koopman-Jacobs
Tel. +31 6 18590513

Areas of responsibility:

  • finances
  • information and communication technology
  • housing
  • facility management
  • integral safety
  • FPI committee university council

See also the profile and cv of Margot van der Starre.

Merel Dekker, student assessor

Merel Dekker

As of 1 September 2021, the Executive Board of Utrecht University has appointed a student assessor for the first time in its history: medicine student Merel Dekker.

Tel. +31 (0) 6 43 141 264

Merel Dekker participates in the weekly meetings of the Executive Board and other meetings relevant to policy development at the university level, such as the bilateral consultations with faculty boards, and the consultations of the Executive Board with deans. Her focus is on education and student-related issues. In order to be well informed, she maintains close contact with students and in particular the student assistants in the faculties, the student organisations and the students in the University Council.

Dekker was appointed on the recommendation of an appointment advisory committee consisting of the Rector Magnificus, the director of Student Affairs Education & Research, a representative of the student section of the University Council, a faculty student assessor and the chair of VIDIUS. The appointment advisory committee unanimously and enthusiastically nominated Dekker.


Secretary to the Executive Board: mr. Annemarijke Verhoeks.
Tel. +31 6 41 08 48 03