EUA launches search for new Secretary General

08 July 2019

The EUA Board is seeking to appoint a new Secretary General to succeed Lesley Wilson, who will step down later this year, having served since the foundation of the Association.

Reporting to EUA’s President and Board, the Secretary General will co-develop and implement the Association’s strategic plan with a focus on delivering greater impact for universities; deeper working relationships and partnerships; as well as membership growth.

An adroit, engaging and compelling advocate for higher education, the Secretary General will work closely with the leadership of national rectors’ conferences to advance areas of common interest. With the gravitas, influence and credibility to be an ambassador for all members, presenting a collective vision of strong universities in Europe, the Secretary General will lead a team of 40 staff across offices in Brussels and Geneva, overseeing a €5 million operating budget.

Lesley Wilson has served as EUA Secretary General since 2002. She built up a highly qualified team of experts in higher education and research, profoundly believing in Europe and the power of European higher education to bring people together. This has been the success of EUA: uniting individual members and working closely with the national rectors’ conferences. The Association was present at the beginning of the Bologna Process and is a valued member. Similarly, EUA has been engaged in EU research programmes since its start, supported by the Research Policy Working Group.

For further details on the post of EUA Secretary General, including required qualifications, skills and experience, please visit: quoting reference 4247.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 2 September 2019 at 12:00 CEST.

For informal enquiries about the role, please contact Mario Adamo via or +31 (0) 202 404 378.

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