It is not yet clear who will head the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň (UWB) on 1 March 2023. Neither of the two candidates for rector received the required majority of the votes of the members of the Academic Senate of the University of West Bohemia in the first and second rounds of the first election. Therefore, a second election will be announced and new nominations for rector will be submitted. The date of the second election will be set in the coming days.
Milan Edl, the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, received 28 votes from senators in both the first and second rounds, while Jiří Hammerbauer, the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, received 24 votes in the first round and 26 in the second round. In order to be elected, it was necessary to obtain a majority of the votes of the 58-member UWB Academic Senate, i.e. at least 30 votes.
Since neither of the candidates received enough support in the first or second round of the first election, a second election will be held, as stipulated in the Rules of Procedure of the Academic Senate of UWB. New nominations are being submitted for candidates for rector, and those from the first election are no longer valid. The date for the second election has been set for December 21.
The Academic Senate of UWB will elect the person to succeed the current Rector, Miroslav Holeček, who has led the university for two consecutive terms of office and is ineligible to run again. The elected candidate will then be appointed to the post of rector by the Czech president for a four-year term from 1 March 2023 to the end of February 2027.
31. 10. 2022