wim van de donk

Prof. Wim van de Donk

Wim van de Donk (1962) is Rector Magnificus and President of the Executive Board of Tilburg University.


  With a focus on
Strategy, profile, governance, and identity  
Doctorate Board and academic ceremonies  
  • Professional Learning
  • Study and student associations, management participation grants, career support
  • Student wellbeing
Research and impact
  • Research policy
  • Professorial appointments policy/Academic personnel policy
  • Academic integrity
Administrative Affairs
  • General HR strategy and policy
  • External relations (regional, national, and international)
  • Corporate Communication
  • Alumni policy
  • Crisis managementcademic heritage, Brabant Collection

Ancillary activities

  • Chairman of the Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei
  • Member of the advisory board Koninklijke Luchtmacht
  • Member of the advisory board Nieuwe kerk Breda
  • Member of the board Stichting Pater De Groot Fonds
  • Member of the board Thijmgenootschap
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board Verus

Functional activities

  • Member steering committee Strategie, Public Affairs & Governance (SSPG)
  • Member Rectorencollege
  • Member Algemeen Bestuur Midpoint Brabant
  • Member Algemeen Bestuur Stichting Brainport
  • Member board Stichting Professor Cobbenhagen
  • Member board Universiteitsfonds Tilburg University
  • Member of the Research & Innovation Strategy Group (RISG)
  • Algemene Vergadering van Aandeelhouders TIAS
  • Chairman board Stichting Bijzondere Leerstoelen K.U.B.
  • Attending member Stichting Steunfonds Tilburg University
  • Board member of the General Board of the Brabant Startup Alliance / Braventure

Study and former principal functions

Wim van de Donk obtained his doctoral degree in political science and public administration at the Catholic University of Nijmegen (cum laude, 1987). In 1986 he started his first employment at the then Katholieke Hogeschool Tilburg (KHT). Later, he became associate professor at the now Catholic University Brabant. After his PhD in 1997, he became associate professor of public administration within the then Department of Law. In 2000 he was appointed as  professor by special appointment and in 2002 as full professor of social administration.

He was also a member of the Council for Public Administration from 2001 (until 2003). As of 2003, he became a member of the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid, WRR) and President as of September 2004. Wim van de Donk's other positions included Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the former Elisabeth Hospital. He was also chairman/member of numerous research committees (including those on broadcasting policy, drugs policy and performance funding in higher education). On 1 October 2009, he was appointed Queen's Commissioner in the Province of Noord-Brabant. He remained attached to our university as a professor of public administration.