An elected Rector and a permanently employed Director are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the University of Agder. The University Board is the highest body of the university, with a majority of its members elected by the staff and the students and a minority of external members who are appointed by the Ministry of Education and Research.
The University Board has a special responsibility for strategy development and the financial situation of the institution, and has appointed sub-committees which deal with selected issues on the authority of the board. The Academic Affairs committee, the Learning Environment committee, the Research Committee, the Academic Appointments committee and the Non-academic Appointments committee are all examples of such sub-committees. The Appeals committee has also been appointed by the board, but enjoys an independent position in accordance with the regulations of the Act of Universities and University Colleges. The committee is to discuss and decide in matters concerning appeals of individual decisions and other appeals from the students.
Members of the Board 1. august 2019 – 31. juli 2020:
Sunniva Whittaker, Chair
Elected by permanent teaching and research staff:
Assistant Professor Paul Ragnar Svennevig
Professor Gro-Renée Rambø
Elected by administrative staff members:
Senior adviser Målfrid Tangedal
Elected by temporary teaching and research staff:
PhD Research Fellow Ingrid Lande Larsen
Elected by the students:
Student Mathilde Tomine E. Giske
Student Robin Amir Rondestvedt Moundnib
External members appointed by the Ministry of Education and Research
Solveig Løhaugen, lawyer at Wigemyr & Co DA.
Tom Fidjeland, director at Cameron Sense, Kristiansand
Lars Petter Maltby, CTO in Eyde-klyngen CEO in Eyde Innovation Center.
Hanne Kathrine Krogstrup, professor and leader at Aalborg University.
For academic faculty members
1. Associate Professor Per Elias Drabløs
2. Associate Professor Toril Borch Terkelsen
3. Associate Professor Hilde Lohne Seiler
4. PhD Research Fellow Mette Marie Næser Seldal
For technical/administrative staff
1. Senior Adviser Ingrid Susanne Andersen
2. Senior Adviser Kristin Skoglund Robstad
For the students 2016
1. Pernille K. Rist-Christensen
2. Jakob Mæland
External alternates have been appointed in numerical order:
1. Kari Jussie Lønning, the Norwegian Medical Association
2. Joseph Salomonsen, senior adviser IMDi
There are usually eight to ten board meetings each year.
All board meetings are open to the public unless the board decides otherwise.