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New faces in leadership this year


January 1 marked the beginning of new assignments for several new colleagues in leadership at Malmö University. Some in new positions are already well familiar with the organisation, but some are new to the university and, in some cases, even new to the region.

While a few have yet to start in their new roles, others are already in tune with the daily operations here.

In case you haven’t already read or heard of these new appointments, this list will clarify who they are.

New dean and vice dean at Faculty of Odontology and Society

Starting off as Dean might have been easier for Gunilla Klingberg as she was Vice Dean at the Faculty of Odontology in 2016. She is professor in pediatric dentistry and has been with the Faculty since 2013. Pediatric dentistry is a specialty with dentistry dedicated to the oral health of children and adolescents.

– For me, it is a privilege to collaborate with a highly motivated and qualified staff when leading the faculty, Gunilla Klingberg says. The faculty is working hard to continuously ensure and improve quality throughout all activities. 

Gunilla’s successor of the position as Vice Dean is Per Alstergren, who is professor at the Department of Orofacial pain and jaw function, a department he has been with since 2011.

New dean at the Faculty of Culture and Society

Rebecka Lettevall came to Malmö University from Södertörn University and is associate professor (docent) in intellectual history. Since January 1 she is Dean at the Faculty of Culture and Society. At Södertörn she has been researcher, Pro Vice Chancellor and Director of the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).

– I am very happy to be a part of Malmö University and the Faculty of Culture and Society, with all its exciting research and education environments, she says. With such a faculty I am confident we will find interesting paths for the future.

All pro vice chancellors installed

Tapio Salonen’s most recent assignment as Pro Vice-Chancellor started January 1. His field of responsibility will include Societal Challenges. As a Professor in Social Work, Tapio previously held the position as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Society.

– It will be really exciting and important to be a part of the next phase in the formation of Malmö University during the coming years, he said.

Cecilia Christersson has been Pro Vice-Chancellor since September 2016, but she has increased her hours and takes on the assignment full time since January 1. Her field of responsibility is Global Engagement and Challenge Based Learning.

Three new directors in administrative roles

Our new Director of human resources, Charlotta Ankarlilja, just recently started in mid-January. She previously held the same position with the municipality of Landskrona.

Prior to Christian Rohman’s arrival at the Faculty of Education and Society and the position as Director of Administration, he held the same position with Lund University and the Department of Health Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine.

– During my first few weeks at Malmö University, I have been busy meeting lots of new people trying to learn and understand how the organisation works, Christian Rohman says. I understand that it is fully focused on preparing for the transition to become a new university. This is going to be an incredibly exciting time but also challenge for all employees including myself. 

Karin Frydenlund has also traded Lund for Malmö by becoming the new head of our International Office. Her most recent assignment was a position as head of the international office with Lund’s Faculty of Medicine.

– I am excited to be a new member of Malmö University and in my role support the university’s global ambitions, increasingly important in a rapidly changing world, says Karin Frydenlund. I aim to continue to deliver and develop strong support to our faculties with global engagement both at home and abroad.

New managers at the Faculty of Technology and Society

Computer Science and Media Technology will continue to be led by head of department Andreas Jacobsson. The faculty will also launch three new institutions managed by Bo Peterson, Anna-Bella Loconsole and Ulrik Eklund.

Mats Persson will remain head of Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics. Mats will also have two deputy heads of department, Henrik Hartman and Per Jönsson, for guidance in planning and discussions pertaining to undergraduate studies and research respectively.

Text: Johan Portland