Members of the Academic Senate of the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň will once again hold an election for the post of university rector on Wednesday, 21 December. Due to the fact that none of the candidates received the necessary majority of votes of all senators in the first and the second round of the election on 31 October, a new election had to be called and new candidates could announce their intention to run by midnight on 16 November.
The former dean and current vice-dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Milan Edl, is running for rector once again. The other candidate is the former dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Miroslav Lávička. The former dean and also vice-dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Jiří Hammerbauer, who ran in the first election, has decided not to participate in the second election.
The term of the current rector, Miroslav Holeček, ends on 28 February 2023. He has led the university for two consecutive terms since March 2015 and is ineligible to run again. His successor will be elected by the Academic Senate of the University of West Bohemia by secret ballot.
To be elected, a candidate must receive a majority of votes from all 59 senators, i.e. at least 30 votes. The elected candidate will take office on 1 March 2023 after being appointed by the president of the Czech Republic. He will lead the university with almost 11,500 students and 2,300 employees for four years, until the end of February 2027.
18. 11. 2022