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Abigail Vermeulen appointed as Tilburg University Secretary General

Abigail Vermeulen has been appointed as the new Tilburg University Secretary General effective September 1. At the moment, she is working as the executive secretary to the board of the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven. Vermeulen is a public administration expert and has broad experience in management positions.

Abigail Vermeulen (Eindhoven, 1972) studied Public Administration at Twente University (1996), where she went on to work as a teacher at the Faculty of Public Administration for a number of years. She subsequently worked at the Police Affairs Department of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and as a policy officer at the Ministry of Economic Affairs.


Between 2001 and 2006, she worked at the Municipality of Amsterdam as a policy advisor to the regional police force manager and as the executive secretary to the regional board of the Amsterdam-Amstelland police region. In 2006, Abigail Vermeulen was appointed as the executive secretary to the board of the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven, where her duties included advising on policy development and execution, organizational development, and coordination and management of strategic projects (hospital-wide reorganization, formation of multi-year policy plans, strategic collaboration in the region). She is also a guest lecturer, presenting lectures on ‘Trends in hospital care’ in the two-year post-Master’s program of Clinical Information Science for technology professionals in care.

Abigail Vermeulen has a long track record at management level and has extensive experience with management processes in a complex environment with highly educated professionals. The Tilburg University Executive Board “welcomes the appointment of Abigail Vermeulen as the new Secretary General. Her broad experience, vision, and personality will be a valuable addition to our university.” Vermeulen responded to her appointment as follows: “I am looking forward to further reinforcing the connection between the board and the university community and between the university and its environment.”