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University Board

The University Board is the University’s highest body. The decisions they make include the allocation of resources within the University, setting important matters concerning the University’s organisation and lodging annual reports and budget documents to the Government.

The University Board also sets admission regulations for undergraduate and graduate education, and appointments procedures. The University Board assembles four times per year.

Term of Office

1 May 2023 until 30 September 2024 for external representatives

1 January 2022 until 31 December 2024 for teacher representatives


The Board includes eight members who are appointed by the Government and who represent the society and industry, including the chairperson of the Board. Members are also the Vice-Chancellor, three representatives for the teachers and three for the students.

Board members

Representatives for industry and trade

Chairperson Anna Ekström, (appointed by the Government)

Vice chair, Lars Lustig, County Director of Västerbotten

Pär Lärkeryd, CEO

Sandra Finér, Plant manager

Professor Sverker Sörlin

Professor Kennet Ruud

Professor Eva Malmström Jonsson

Professor Gunilla Westergren Thorsson. Gunilla Westergren-Thorsson has resigned as a member of the University Board for the current term of office.


Professor Hans Adolfsson is the Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University since 1 July 2016. The Vice-Chancellor is the head of the University and its chief representative. The Vice-Chancellor is among other things responsible for the achievement of the goals set by the University Board. The Vice-Chancellor appoints its Deputy Vice-Chancellors.

Teacher representatives

Professor Beatrice Melin

Associate professor Görel Granström

Professor Mats G. Larson

Group substitutes:

First group substitute – Associate professor Per Axelsson

Second group substitute – Professor Thomas Brännström

Student representatives

Matilda Good, student, Umeå student union

Modar Alhamdan, student, Umeå Medical Sciences Student Union

William Nordberg, student, Umeå Student Union of Science and Technology

Group substitute:

Annika Breidstein , Umeå Medical Sciences Student Union

Employee representatives (right to attend and speak)

Stellen Elebro, service assistant, SEKO

Johan Pålsson, lecturer, SACO

Peter Lindström, associate professor, OFR


Linn Tauson, service assistant, SEKO

Håkan Lindkvist, associate professor, SACO

Mats-Åke Lundkvist, OFR

Other members

Professor Katrine Riklund, Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Professor Cathrine Norberg, Deupty Vice-Chancellor

Professor Dieter Müller, Deupty Vice-Chancellor

Hans Wiklund, University Director 

Per Ragnarsson, Assitant University Director

Daniel Andersson, Academy clerk

Susanne Hellqvist, Audit director

Advisory bodies

The advisory bodies to the University Board is the Budget Committee and the Audit Committee.

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Advisory and decision-making bodies and partners

Strategic councils

There are four strategic councils at Umeå University that act advisory to the University within their fields – education, research, administration and equal opportunities.

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Committees and councils

Learn more about the advisory and decision-making bodies at Umeå University. These committees, boards and councils decide on university-wide matters and advise the Vice-Chancellor or other boards and councils.

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Corporations and foundations

Umeå University has ties to many corporations and foundations that help strengthen and improve our contacts with trade and industry. Together we share knowledge and develop new ideas.

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Latest update: 2023-10-18