New dean for School of Business and Economics

Professor Arjen van Witteloostuijn was appointed the new dean of the School of Business and Economics (SBE), effective as of 1 February 2018.

31-10-2017 | 17:00

Van Witteloostuijn is currently affiliated with Tilburg University and the University of Antwerp. Since 2016 he has chaired the Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences and Law domain at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Prior to this, he served as chair of the Economics section of the KNAW.

Van Witteloostuijn holds a PhD from Maastricht University and conducts multidisciplinary research at the interface between economics and business administration. In addition to his academic merits, he has gained broad administrative experience at various Dutch and international universities and has extensive teaching experience in regular academic and executive education programs.

Van Witteloostuijn has also been appointed to the chair of Business and Economics, embedded in both the Economics and Management and Organization departments at the VU School of Business and Economics.

"VU wants to be different, and is indeed different," says Van Witteloostuijn. "Diversity and inclusivity are top priorities, as is broad societal engagement. This appeals to me enormously. The VU-SBE has all that it takes to make a real difference from its ideal location in the Amsterdam Zuidas district. By combining its multidisciplinary expertise and by offering excellent education and research, VU-SBE helps to solve business and economic problems of relevance to society. I very much look forward to contributing to these solutions."

The Executive Board and the faculty wholeheartedly believe that the university has gained a dean with a visionary, enthusiastic, and straight-forward management style who, as a unifying presence, will be capable of achieving the faculty's ambitions together with the academic community. Recruitment and selection took place in accordance with the appointment procedure, and in close collaboration with the faculty employment and student councils.