wim van de donk

Curriculum Vitae Professor W.B.H.J. van de Donk

Name: W.B.H.J. van de Donk (Wim)
Date of birth: May 17, 1962
Birthplace: Veghel
Marital status: Married to Caroline Evers

Anne (1991),  Maud (1994)


Dutch, English (good), French (good), German (reasonable)



PhD in public administration (cum laude)
Ttitle thesis “De Arena in Schema. Een verkenning van de betekenis van informatisering voor beleid en politiek inzake de verdeling van middelen onder verzorgingshuizen”
(Supervisors: Prof. I.Th.M. Snellen, EUR and RUL) and Prof.  J. Hagenaars (KUB).


Master’s degree in public administration, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen

(cum laude, minor subjects administrative information science and public finance)


Certificate  research internship Ecole Nationale d'Administration, Paris


kandidaat examination in political science, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen


Propaedeutic examination in political science, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen


Pre-university education (VWO), Monseigneur Zwijsencollege Veghel

Work Circles

2020 (Oct 1)  

Rector Magnificus/President Tilburg University


King’s Commissioner in the province of North Brabant


Full professor of public administration, Tilburg University


Chair of the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy


Member of the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy


Quality controller and researcher at The Expertise Center, consultants for Government Computerization (part-time, audits and research for complex political-administrative computerization projects)


Endowed professor of social administration, Tilburg University


Associate Professor of Public Administration, Department of Public Administration, Tilburg Law School, Katholieke Universiteit Brabant


Assistant professor in the Department of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Public Administration, Katholieke Universiteit Brabant


Visiting Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS, Wassenaar).


Staff member Secretary General's Office Ministry of Justice


Extraneous research scientist Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Katholieke Universiteit Brabant

Student researcher in the Department of Public Administration at the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen

Additional Positions

  • Member of the LNV-Visie sounding board group, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
    2019, one-off ancillary activity in personal capacity
  • Member of the Regulatory Council Responsive Government, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
    2018 – present, 4 meetings per year
  • Chair Bestuurlijk Ketenberaad, Ministry of Justice and Security
    2018–present, 6 meetings per year
  • Member Advisory Board of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)
    November 2017–present, 3 meetings per year
  • Member Curatorium VNG Think Tank
    September 2014–present, about 4 meetings a year
  • President of the Thijmgenootschap
    2009–present, from 2005–2009 vice-president, 2 meetings per year
  • Member of the Curatorium of the VNO-NCW Foundation
    2008–present, 2 meetings a year

Additional positions related to the office of the King’s Commissioner

  • Chair Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Noord-Brabant
  • Member of the Board Flemish-Dutch Delta
  • Member and Chair National Delegation to the Committee of the Regions of the
  • European Union (presidency changes every 2 years with Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) representative)
  • Chair of the House of the Dutch Provinces (Huis van de Nederlandse Provincies; HNP)
  • Advisor to the European Council Association of Provincial Authorities (Interprovinciaal Overleg; IPO)

Previous ancillary activities and other information


  • Honorary citizen of Jiangsu, province in China (2017)
  • Grand Cross in the Order of Leopold II (2017)


  • Best Local Administrator 2016 (nominated 2014, 2015, and 2017)
  • Best lecturer in the administrative science program UVT (1995, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • G.A. van Poelje annual prize of the Dutch Association for Public Administration (Vereniging voor Bestuurskunde) for thesis (1998)
  • Thorbecke Prize for essay on issues of inter-administrative cooperation (1994)

Academic/administrative work

  • Member of the Steering Committee of the European Group for Public Administration (appointed in 2003, Vice-President in 2009, President from 2010–2013)
  • Member of the jury Laurens van der Spiegelprijs (terminated in 2011)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the "International Journal for Public Administration" (1992–2011)
  • Member of the Social Sciences Council of the Netherlands Academy of Arts Sciences (KNAW) (terminated in 2010)
  • Member of the jury Van Poelje Annual Prize (terminated in 2010)
  • Member of the board of the European Values Study Foundation (2006–2010)
  • Member of the jury on Research Assessment (JOB) of the Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University (2006–October 2009)
  • Series Editor of the PALGRAVE series on Public Administration (2006–2009)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Public Administration (1999–2009)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Information Communication and Society (Roudledge) (1996–2006)
  • Chair of the research network KAMELEON (research on hybrid organizations, 2000–2005)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Information Infrastructures and Policy (formerly:  Informatization and the Public Sector, 1993–2005)
  • Member of the preparatory group for the Research Master’s in Public Administration UVT/UU/EUR/KUL (2004)
  • Chair of the editorial board of Christen-Democratische Verkenningen  (2003–September 1, 2004)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Centrum voor Recht, Bestuur en Informatisering (2000–2004)
  • Chair, along with Prof. Victor Pestoff and Prof. S. Osborne, of the Permanent Study Group on the Third Sector, European Group for Public Administration (2003)
  • Member of the VENI jury of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO, 2002–2003)
  • Member of the School Council of the Tilburg Law School (2000–2003)
  • Member management committee COST Action A14, international research program European Union, (1998–2003)
  • Chair of the anniversary committee (75 years) of Tilburg University
    Theme: Sustainable Ties in the Information Society (2002)
  • Chair of the School’s library committee (1999–2002).
  • Member of the editorial board of Beleidswetenschap (1995–2002)
  • Chair of the Permanent Study Group on “Information and Public Administration” of the European Group for Public Administration (chair from 1997 to 2002, previously official secretary from 1987)
  • Member of the School’s MUB Committee 1997–1998 (introduction and organization of new governance structure of the School)
  • Member of the editorial board of Management Forum (Bestuursforum) (1995–1999)
  • Chair of the Automation Committee of the Tilburg Law School (1989–1995)
  • Student member of the Departmental board of the Department of Political Science, public administration unit, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen (1984–1986)


  • Member of the social advisory council of the Secondary Education Council (2008–2011)
  • Chair of the Monitoring Committee of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (2012 – 2018)
  • Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Netherlands School of Public Administration (2011 – 2018)
  • Vice-chair of the Supervisory Board of Utrecht University (2012–2017)
  • Chair of Evaluation Committee of Performance-based Funding Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (September 2016–March 2017)
  • Chair of the Committee Toekomstverkenning “Direction and opportunities for sanction implementation” (2015–2017)
  • Chairmanship committee Appointment Method Mayor and Future Local administration VNG/NGB (December 2015–June 2016)
  • Member Think Tank Agenda Stad (January 2015–April 2015)
  • Member of the monitoring committee of a research project of the Council of State: “Future of Law Formation in the Netherlands” (2013–November 2014)
  • Member of the core committee of the Advice Futureproof Broadcasting System of the Council for Culture (September 2013–January 2014)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Social Insurance Bank (2011–2013)
  • Member of the program board of the Rathenau Institute (September 27, 2010–2013)
  • Independent member (together with  A. Jorritsma and S. van Eijck) of the evaluation board of Assessors for Sectoral Organization under Public Law (Publiekrechtelijke Bedrijfsorganisatie) (until September 2011)
  • Chair of the Exploratory Committee on Future Opportunities for Catholic Education (set up by NKSR and Dutch Episcopal Conference (2006–2010)
  • Chair of the advisory committee on drugs policy (Ministries of the Interior, Justice, and Health, Welfare and Sport) (January–July 2009)
  • Chair of FORUM’s religion and public domain committee (2008–1 October 2009)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Security Improvement through Information Awareness (VIA) research program of the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism (in collaboration with KLPD, AIVD, NFI) (2007–October 1, 2009)
  • Member, later Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Sint Elisabeth Hospital in Tilburg (2006 – October 1, 2009)
  • Chair of the Law and Public Administration Section of the Thijmgenootschap (as of 2003, previously vice-chair from 2002 until October 1, 2009)
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the Foundation for Education and Vocational Training (ROC Midden Brabant and Midden-Brabant College) (2000–October 1, 2009)
  • Chair social advisory committee propagating core values of the state under the rule of law (Justice/BZK) (2007–2008)
  • Chair of the jury “Het Glazen Huis,” prize for housing associations SEV (2006, 2007 and 2008 editions)
  • Vice-chair of the Administrative Law Association (2001–2008).

Informateur/Formateur Provincial Executive Noord-Brabant (2007)

  • Member of a number of (study) committees within the CDA (advisory council Statenfractie (political group in a Provincial Council) CDA North Brabant (1990–1996);
    • Committee local election program (1994)
  • Advisor to the national committee on election programs (1998);
    • Confidential committee in the selection of new members of the Senate of the States General (2000);
    • Chair of the Scientific Institute committee on constitutional reform 2002;
    • Member of the selection committee for new members of the House of Representatives elections 2007).
  • Vice-chair of parish council de Vlaspit, Tilburg (2001–2006)
  • Member of the VFI committee on the Good Governance Code for Charities (Wijffels Committee) (2005)
  • Member of the assessment committee Netherlands Public Broadcasting (Rinnooy Kan Committee, 2003–2004)
  • Chair of the Information Education Committee (Minister of Education and Science) (2002–2004)
  • Member of the Council for Public Administration (2000–July 2003)
  • Member of the Catholic Council for Church and Society (1998–2003)
  • Member of the IPO (Association of Provincial Authorities)
    Commission on the Future of Regional Governance (IPO Geelhoed Committee, report: Op schaal gewogen. Regionaal bestuur in de 21e eeuw ) (2002)
  • Member of the TEMPORA steering committee (1999–2002).
  • Advisory member of the Committee on Choices in Care (Keuzen in de Zorg) (Dunning Committee). (1990–1991)

A sampling of some recent publications, lectures, and reports