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 January 2016 - 31 July 2019:
Rector Frank Reichert, Chair
Elected by permanent teaching and research staff:
Associate Professor Marit Wergeland – Yates
Professor Årstein Justnes
Elected by administrative staff members:
Adviser Ingunn Galteland
Elected by temporary teaching and research staff (1 January 2016 – 31 July 2017):
Research Fellow Lenka Garshol
Elected by the students for 2016:
Student Christine Alveberg
Student Kjetil Nyjordet
External members appointed by the Ministry of Education and Research
Kerstin Norén, Rector at Högskolan Vest, Trollhättan, Sverige
Tom Fidjeland, Director, Cameron Sense, Kristiansand
Kari Ugland, Interaction Manager at Helse Fonna, Haugesund
Bjørn Stordrange, Lawyer, Nesøya.
For academic faculty members
Associate Professor Morgan Konnestad
Associate Professor Anne K. Flaatten Tønsberg
Professor May-Brith Ohman Nielsen
For temporary teaching and research staff
Research Fellow Torbjørn Bjorvatn
Research Fellow Gunstein Skomedal
For technical/administrative staff
Senior Adviser Heidi Kristensen
Senior Engineer Tor Arne Søbye
For the students 2016
Hilde Kristin Steen
Nicolai Drake Borge
External alternates have been appointed in numerical order:
Karen Jensen, Professor, University of Oslo
Frode Gallefoss, Research Manager at Sørlandet Sykehus SSHF, Kristiansand
There are usually eight to ten board meetings each year.
All board meetings are open to the public unless the board decides otherwise.