Vice-Chancellor candidate proposed to the government

Facts Mats Tinnsten
Mats Tinnsten comes from Östersund and is 59 years old. He is married and has three grown children. After earning a civil engineering degree in 1984, he worked at Volvo BM in Eskilstuna. In 1990, he was employed as a university lecturer at Östersund University. He obtained his doctoral degree in 1999 and in 2004 became a docent in the subject of computer-aided mechanical engineering at Luleå University of Technology. Mats Tinnsten was head of the technology department with approximately 110 employees and during the period of 2010 to 2012 was pro dean of the technology faculty. In 2008 he became a professor of mechanical engineering with a focus on sports technology at Mid Sweden University and has been a professor at the same university since 2012. In his spare time, he loves long distance ice skating and skiing, both cross-country and downhill. He also likes to renovate and tinker with old cars.

At present, Mats Tinnsten is Professor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Mid Sweden University (Mittuniversitetet in Swedish). If the government agrees with the university's proposal, he will be appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Borås on 1 January 2019. According to the proposal, his mandate will be for six years.

"It's a great honour and responsibility to be proposed for the post and it is also very exciting and inspiring," he says.

If the government follows the board's proposal, what are you looking forward to about the new post?

"Getting to know a new university and meeting new colleagues. By listening and learning, I will, along with the staff, continue to pursue the university's positive development in the best possible way. In addition, I look forward to getting to know the university's surrounding community and working to further strengthen that link."

How do you look at your time at Mid Sweden University?

"I started as a university lecturer at Östersund University and finished as a professor at Mid Sweden University. It has been a wonderfully educational, rewarding, and enjoyable journey. Mostly, however, I will remember all competent, professional, and nice people whom I have had the privilege of working with."

The current Vice-Chancellor, Björn Brorström, will leave his post on 31 December this year. He has been the Vice-Chancellor of the university since 2011.

More information

The board's decision has been preceded by consultation with instructors, students and other staff at the university, which was conducted on 4 September. 

Text: Anna Kjellsson
Photo: Tina Staffrén, Mittuniversitetet
Translation: Eva Medin