Four Deans appointed for the new Tampere University by the Transitional Board

Submitted on Thu, 09/06/2018 - 15:55
Neljä uutta dekaania: Päivi Pahta, Matti Sommarberg, Tapio Visakorpi ja Jyrki Vuorinen
Deans Päivi Pahta, Matti Sommarberg, Tapio Visakorpi and Jyrki Vuorinen.


The process of filling top management positions continues at the new Tampere University with the appointment of Deans to lead the seven faculties. The Transitional Board appointed Deans to lead four of the faculties on Thursday, 6 September. The remaining three Deans will be appointed later on.

Upon proposal by President Mari Walls, the Transitional Board appointed DTech Jyrki Vuorinen as Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology and Communications, DTech Matti Sommarberg as Dean of the Faculty of Management and Economics, PhD Päivi Pahta as Dean of the Faculty of Education and Culture, and MD Tapio Visakorpi as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology. The Deans will take up their new roles on 1 January 2019.

Altogether 108 applications were received for the seven deanships, with eight of the candidates being women and 20 men. The Deans of the Faculty of Built Environment, the Faculty of Technology and Natural Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences will be appointed later this autumn.

PhD Mari Walls assumed her responsibilities as President of Tampere University on 13 August 2018. Last week, the Transitional Board appointed a provost and two vice presidents for the new university. Provost Jarmo Takala, DTech; Vice President for Research Juha Teperi, MD; and Vice President for Education Marja Sutela, DAdmin, will take up their new appointments in autumn 2018. The process of appointing the vice president who oversees the new university’s innovation activities, public and community relations and international networks is still underway.

“The management team of the new Tampere University is taking shape. I’m very pleased that the members of the management team represent such a broad range of competences and have extensive experience and leadership qualities. Together with the higher education community, the management team has the important task of creating a culture that fosters world-class research and education at Tampere University,” says President Mari Walls.

“The seven faculties of the new university will bring together the fields of study and research currently represented at the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology. These four Deans won over the Board with their ability to embrace change and their excellent leadership qualities and competencies,” says Chair of the Transitional Board Marja Makarow.

Päivi Pahta
Dean, Faculty of Education and Culture
Doctor of Philosophy Päivi Pahta has served as Dean of the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the current University of Tampere since 2017 and as Director of the School of Languages, Translation and Literary Studies in 2016.  She is a Professor of English Philology.

Matti Sommarberg
Dean, Faculty of Management and Economics
Doctor of Science in Technology, Master of Science in Economics Matti Sommarberg has served as Industry Professor at Tampere University of Technology since 2017. Sommerberg has held a succession of high-profile positions at Cargotec in Finland and abroad between 1985 and 2017.

Tapio Visakorpi
Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology.
Doctor of Medicine Tapio Visakorpi has served as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences at the current University of Tampere since 2017.  He is a Professor of Medical Technology and Biotechnology (Cancer Genetics).

Jyrki Vuorinen
Dean, Faculty of Information Technology and Communications
Doctor of Science in Technology Jyrki Vuorinen has served as Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences since 2017 and as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences in 2014–2016. He is a Professor of Plastics Technology.

Inquiries:
Chair of the Transitional Board of the new Tampere University Marja Makarow, marja.makarow@helsinki.fi tel. +358 40 849 0505 (Head of Development Katja Ayres)
President of the new Tampere University  Mari Walls, mari.walls@tampere3.fi, tel. +358 3 3551 3839