Since Tuesday, September 1, the Masaryk University has new administration. The Rector Mikuláš Bek, who began his second term in office, appointed two new Vice-Rectors: Michal Bulant, who served until now as the Chair of the Academic Senate, and Markéta Pitrová, a former Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Social Studies. The new administration, which will decrease the number of Vice-Rectors from seven to six, must be discussed by the Academic Senate at its meeting on September 21.
“As the academic community re-elected the current rector, I considered it necessary to make some more marked changes in the top university administration and balance the elements of stability and change,” said Mikuláš Bek, who was re-elected to his second term in the office of the Rector in spring 2015 by the Academic Senate.
The new administration gives an opportunity primarily to a generation of young academics who have already gained management experience in their previous positions. Michal Bulant, hitherto the Chair of the Academic Senate who also works as a lecturer at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the Faculty of Science, will be the Vice-Rector for Studies and Information Technologies. He already resigned as the Chair of the Academic Senate. Markéta Pitrová, who formerly served as the Vice-Dean for Development at the Faculty of Social Studies and also worked as Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies, will be the Vice-Rector for Development.
Petr Dvořák, Vice-Rector for Research, Ivan Malý, Vice-Rector for External Relations, and Naděžda Rozehnalová, Vice-Rector for Student Welfare, remain in their offices in the top university administration. Martin Bureš, who has been the Vice-Rector for Development, will now serve as Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs and will continue in his office of Deputy Rector.
The other members of the top university administration besides the Rector and the Vice-Rectors are the Bursar – Martin Veselý, who is responsible for the university economy and internal management, and Iva Zlatušková, Executive Assistant to the Rector.
Ivana Černá from the Faculty of Informatics, who was in the university administration since 2006, does not continue in her office of Vice-Rector, and neither do the sociologist Ladislav Rabušic and mathematician Josef Janyška, who both served one term.