Mariëlle Heijltjes appointed dean of the School of Business and Economics

The Executive Board of Maastricht University has appointed Mariëlle Heijltjes, professor of managerial behaviour, as dean of the School of Business and Economics (SBE). She will start on 1 September 2022 for an initial term of four years. Mariëlle Heijltjes succeeds Peter Møllgaard, who was dean of SBE since April 2018.

Mariëlle Heijltjes has had a long and successful career within SBE. In addition to her professorship, she is currently the director of UMIO, the SBE institute that provides educational programmes for professionals and organisations. Previously, as a vice-dean within the faculty, she was responsible for internationalisation and strategic development, and then for education.

The Executive Board is confident that with Heijltjes it is appointing a unifying leader, as well as one with an excellent academic and administrative track record.  With her extensive experience, she knows the faculty well and vice versa.  

Heijltjes is enthusiastic about her appointment: “SBE is a faculty to be proud of; rich in different disciplines and perspectives that strengthen each other. A faculty that takes responsibility in tackling important social issues with employees who are passionate about their work and students who are closely involved in realising high-quality programmes. I am honoured that, as dean, I can contribute to the creation of a working and learning climate in which staff and students can continue to do this as much as possible! It is with pain in my heart that I leave UMIO, where I have worked for many years with fantastic colleagues and a great deal of pleasure. I consider myself fortunate that UMIO has grown to fulfil a strategic role for both SBE and UM.”

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