Appointment of New Members of the NHL Stenden Executive Board

Thursday 23 April 2020

As of 1 August, Oscar Couwenberg and Marc Otto, together with chairwoman Erica Schaper, form the new Executive Board of NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. The Supervisory Board has appointed both new board members as successors of Klaas-Wybo van der Hoek and Max Merkx. Both new board members are firmly rooted in education and also have broader experience.

Hans Haerkens, acting Supervisory Board chairman: “As Supervisory Board, we are pleased that we may welcome highly qualified managers on both positions. Both gentlemen are conceptually and strategically strong and have interesting networks. Together with Erica Schaper, they will further develop the university of applied sciences’ strategy and further strengthen its position.”

Erica Schaper, Executive Board chair:
I am pleased that, after a period of recruitment and selection in these extraordinary corona times, we have been able to appoint two new members to the Executive Board. I am very confident that with this new board, we are able to further achieve and build our challenging strategy and distinctive profile of NHL Stenden. Both new board members not only have experience in the areas that their portfolios consist of, but, above all, they understand the higher education and research dynamics and the impact thereof on the regions in which we are active.”

Oscar Couwenberg (55) is dean and Governance and Geography professor at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, where he has built a scientific career in corporate finance and governance since 1990. He has held various management positions within three faculties. He is also pro-rector and chairman of the "International Classroom" steering committee, in which he is responsible for the development of intercultural competencies of students and staff.

Marc Otto (46) has ample educational management experience. He has been an Executive Board member of the Deltion College in Zwolle for six years and has now been the chairman of the board of LMC Voortgezet Onderwijs in Rotterdam for nearly four years. In both cases, he was responsible for operational management, complemented by a broad range of educational themes.