Wim van de Donk appointed as chairman of the National Committee for 4 and 5 May
On the recommendation of the National Committee for 4 and 5 May and with the consent of the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health, Welfare and Sport, Professor Wim B.H.J. van de Donk has been appointed as chairman of the Netherlands Committee for 4 and 5 May by Royal Decree. On June 1, 2021, he will succeed Gerdi A. Verbeet, who has been the Committee’s chairwoman since June 1, 2016.
Wim van de Donk (Veghel, 1962) is Rector Magnificus and also President of the Tilburg University Executive Board. Prior to that, he was the Queen’s/King’s Commissioner in the Province of Noord-Brabant for eleven years. In addition to his professorship of Social Public Administration at Tilburg University, he was President of the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid, WRR) between 2004 and 2009.
In 2008, Van de Donk was invited by the National Committee to hold the Fifth of May Lecture, in which he argued that freedom carries responsibilities: “Liberation was not only deliverance, but also a mission: freedom must be learned, developed, defended, shared, over and over again.”
In 2018, at the request of the Committee, he spoke at the presentation of the anniversary program of 75 Years of Freedom: “75 years ago, liberation came from outside. Now it seems necessary, in commemorating it, for us all to also take a good look at ourselves. It seems that the task of preserving our free and democratic society for future generations has become primarily an urgent mission for each one of us.”
Professor Van de Donk has been appointed for a period of six years.