The Executive Board

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The Executive Board
The Executive Board is charged with the management and administration of the Open University. The duties of the Executive Board include: establishing the Institutional Plan and the Performance Agreements, establishing the budget and the financial statements, establishing the education and examination regulations and establishing the management and administrative regulations. More generally, the Executive Board establishes the frameworks within which the organisational units of the Open University work.

Composition of the Executive Board

Since 1st January 2019 the Executive Board consists of:

  • The Executive Chairman a.i. dr. Karl Dittrich
  • The Rector magnificus prof. dr. Theo Bastiaens

CV of Karl Dittrich

Dr. Karl (K.L.L.M.) Dittrich (born in 1952) is a very experienced governor in higher education. In 1986 he became a member of the Executive Board of Maastricht University and was president of the Executive Board as from 1994 until 2002.

Subsequently he started as governor at the new Dutch Accreditation Organisation that changed in 2005 into the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) of which Dittrich was president until 2012. As from 2012 until 2017 he was president of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU).

From 2017 he is president of EQAR, the European Quality Assurance Register for higher education. This part-time position Dittrich is combining in 2020 with the interim chair of the Executive Board of the Open University.

CV of Theo Bastiaens

Prof. dr. Theo J. Bastiaens (1968) studied Educational Science at Utrecht University and received his doctorate degree from University of Twente. As an assistant professor he went in 1998 from Twente to the Open University of the Netherlands, where he became associate professor in 2002 and was appointed professor of Educational Technology in 2006. In the same year the FernUniversität in Hagen appointed Bastiaens as professor Mediendidaktik. His specific research interest is in instructional design and e-learning. He has published extensively in this area.

At the FernUniversität Bastiaens was from 2006 to 2010 director of the Institute of Educational Science and Media Research and from 2010 to 2012 dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science. From March 2016 till December 2018, as the vice-president for digitalization and international affairs, Bastiaens was a member of the Executive Board of the FernUniversität in Hagen.

Bastiaens has various ancillary activities like being a member of the Supervisory Board of the European Association for Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), editor in chief of the new scientific journal Open Education Studies and a member of the scientific board of editors for journals as Computers in Human Behavior, Studies in Educational Evaluation and E-learning and Education (E-LEED). He is also chairman of the executive committee of the international conference Ed-Media.

Contact details of the Executive Board

e-mail: cvb@ou.nl
telephone: +31 (0)45 576 24 16