EUA seeks new Secretary General, Lesley Wilson to step down

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The European University Association (EUA) is in the process of renewing its leadership, notably by appointing a new Secretary General to succeed Lesley Wilson, who will step down after 19 years of remarkable service.

EUA plays a crucial role in influencing EU and national policies on higher education and research, provides 800+ member universities with a forum for dialogue and promotes best practices through project collaborations, conferences, publications and other activities. With more than 20 million learners, researchers and teachers, its member institutions are diverse, yet share a common mission to create knowledge, shape the next generation of world citizens and foster innovative regional communities.

The EUA Board seeks to appoint a new Secretary General who will be an ambassador for all members, presenting a collective vision of strong universities in Europe. Reporting to the EUA President and Board, the Secretary General will co-create and implement the Association’s strategic plan and work closely with the leadership of national rectors’ conferences to advance areas of common interest. The Secretary General will also lead a team of 40 staff across offices in Brussels and Geneva, overseeing a €5 million operating budget.

Lesley Wilson has been with EUA since its creation, serving as Secretary General since 2002. She built up a highly qualified team of experts in higher education and research, profoundly believing in Europe and the power of European higher education to bring people together. This has been the success of EUA: uniting individual members and working closely with the national rectors’ conferences. The Association was present at the beginning of the Bologna Process and is a valued member. Similarly, EUA has been engaged in EU research programmes since its start, supported by the Research Policy Working Group.

Prior to leading EUA, Lesley Wilson held a number of senior positions in higher education and research management at the European level, in particular as Director of UNESCO’s European Centre for Higher Education in Bucharest (UNESCO-CEPES); Head of the newly-established Science Policy Unit at the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg; and Director of the EC TEMPUS Office in Brussels.

For further details on the recruitment process for the post of EUA Secretary General, including required qualifications, skills and experience, please visit: quoting reference 4247.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 2 September 2019 at 12:00 CEST.


This communication was first published 8 July 2019 by the European University Association. 

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