The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences’ (AUAS) Executive Board has appointed André Henken acting dean of the Faculty of Technology (FT), effective immediately. Henken succeeds dean Gerard van Haarlem who is currently on sick leave, until further notice.
Huib de Jong, Chairman of the AUAS Executive Board: “Firstly, we want to wish Gerard a speedy recovery. This will take time of course. We have therefore arranged a temporary replacement for Gerard’s position. André brings with him considerable experience in higher education management, which will ensure the necessary continuity for the faculty and the ongoing execution of the key developments under Gerard’s leadership.”
André Henken (1953) has a long track record in higher education. Following the completion of his doctorate in agricultural science, he worked at the Wageningen University (1982-1996) in a research support role and later as a senior university lecturer. In 1996, he joined the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu) where he served as director of two sectors and as deputy director-general, among other roles.
In 2009, he was appointed director of the faculty of Nature & Technology at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences where he was responsible for, among other things, the university’s sustainability programme and for settting up the Center of Expertise Smart Sustainable Cities. In 2015 he started his own advisory company, HenkenAdvies.
This communication was first published 18 September 2019 by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.