A fond farewell to ISS rector, Professor Inge Hutter

Valedictory Inge Hutter - Cortege on ISS central staircase
Valedictory Inge Hutter - Holding up statue of Erasmus - gift from EUR
Statue of Desiderus Erasmus with travelling hat - gift from EUR

What is true leadership? And what does it mean to conduct inclusive research?

These were just two of the topics covered by Professor Inge Hutter in her valedictory lecture on 21 June.

Entitled 'Relevance for society: culture & values and leadership @society', Hutter's valedictory was not a lecture in the traditional sense. As an expression of her mode of working and her values, her presentation covered her early years as an academic, her challenges and achievents at ISS, her personal life and future ambitions.

Arguing that academia and academic leadership should be co-creative, societally relevant, engaged, humble and shared, she walked her audience through how these values can be practically implemented at the university level.

Transformative, 'servant', conscious and shared leadership*

These were the characteristics Hutter identified as being essential for a university leadership focused on making impact.

What next?

Looking forward, Hutter will continue as professor at ISS, combining this role with that of Academic Lead and Ambassador of Erasmian values at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In this role she will continue her work on engaged, societally relevant research and value-driven and transformational leadership.

Valedictory Inge Hutter - Inge and EUR Rector Magnificus listening to a speaker

The lecture was followed by a warm Laudatio by Professor Arjun Bedi who presented Hutter with a hand-made gift representing her love of travel and of India.

ISS student association president, Connor Farrell also thanked her for her collaboration with students and her open and egalitatian dealings with students.

Rector Magnifucus of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Professor Annelien Bredenoord, and President of the Executive Board, Professor Ed Brinksma closed her event which was followed by a packed and 'gezellig' reception.

More information

*Haski-Leventhal 2022, The purpose driven university, pp. 55-61

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