The shareholder of the EUR Holding BV has appointed prof. dr. Frank van der Duijn Schouten as interim Statutory Director of the Holding. He succeeds Prof. dr. Harry Commandeur who recently stepped down from this position. The Supervisory Board is extremely thankful to Professor Commandeur for steering and developing the Holding for these past 14 years such that it is now an essential part of the EUR-family in which particularly the relation with the non-academic world has come to flourish.
Before commencing the search for a permanent successor to Professor Commandeur, the Supervisory Board wishes to investigate whether the present structure of the Holding, including its governance, is equipped to deal with the new challenges that universities face in organising those activities that are not financed by the government from the first and second money streams. Also, the relationship of the EUR-Holding with related entities within the EUR-organisation, such as RSM BV and the recently established Erasmus Enterprise, need further attention. The assignment of the interim Director is to provide advice on these issues in order to enable the Supervisory Board to take next steps of a more permanent character.
About Frank van der Duijn Schouten
During his career as professor in Operations Research at Tilburg University Van der Duijn Schouten was already strongly engaged in academic management. He served as Dean of the School of Economics and later as Rector Magnificus of Tilburg University. After his retirement as an academic he was interim Rector of the Free University Amsterdam and since 2016, he is active as interim dean at several faculties at EUR. At present he is Dean of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC). He will vacate this position per 1 November 2020 when the newly appointed Dean ESHCC will take up her office. Given his broad experience in academic leadership Van der Duijn Schouten is the right person for this assignment.