Daniël Wigboldus appointed as new President of Radboud University


Social psychologist Daniël Wigboldus will take up the position of President of the Executive Board of Radboud University on 1 May 2017. This announcement was made by the board of the Stichting Katholieke Universiteit.

Wigboldus has ample board experience. He is currently dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and holds a number of ancillary positions, including chair of the Disciplineoverleg Sociale Wetenschappen and member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP).

Wigboldus completed his undergraduate studies and PhD at VU University Amsterdam, moving to Radboud University in the late nineties to work as a postdoc researcher. He then spent five years working as assistant and associate professor, teaching at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). In early 2005, he returned to Nijmegen as a full professor, winning the University Teaching Prize in 2008. He conducts research into person perception, including the effect of stereotyping and prejudices on face perception, and he instigated the Virtual Reality Lab at the Behavioural Science Institute.

Wigboldus was closely involved in developing the university’s vision on education, entitled Kwaliteit, binding en duidelijkheid (‘Quality, Cohesion and Clarity’, March 2013).

Daniël Wigboldus succeeds Gerard Meijer as the university’s President. Meijer has been Director of the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Berlin since January. The other members of the Executive Board are Vice President Wilma de Koning and Rector Magnificus Han van Krieken.

Daniël Wigboldus will deliver a short speech to students, staff and associates of the university during the academic ceremony of the Dies Natalis on 18 May 2017.

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