On the 24th of March 2017, the Board of Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (HINN) decided to appoint Kathrine Skretting as rector.
The Board gave the chair of the Board the authority to negotiate the start date of the appointment.
The Board followed the resolution of today's decision by a unanimous vote, chaired by Elin Nesje Vestli, chair of the Board at HINN.
- With this appointment we are receiving a highly qualified rector. Skretting is an involved and cooperative leader, who cares for and respects her employees, and is also competent at reaching decisions and standing behind them, says Nesje Vestli.
Kathrine Skretting is a professor of film studies and is currently deputy rector at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences and vice rector at the Lillehammer campus. She holds a Cand. Philol. degree with a major in film studies and a doctorate with a dissertation titled "Advertisement Communication - Norwegian Commercials 1922 - 1988", as well as a varied publication list as a researcher.
Skretting has previously served as vice rector and dean at NTNU. She also has extensive board experience, and is board member of Södertörn University near Stockholm. Previously, she has been a board member and the vice-chair at the University of Agder, board member at Volda University College, the Norwegian Academy of Music, Sintef and Adresseavisen, in addition to being chair of the board at Midtnorsk Film Centre and Midtnorsk Filmfond.
She has extensive experience from working in expert committees and public committees, and has led, among others, the expert committee that considered the application for accreditation when Stavanger University College became a university. She was also a member of the Government Commission for Higher Education.
- I am grateful for the confidence the board has shown in me, and look forward to taking on the task with joy and humility, says Katrine Skretting.
The merger process started approximately at the same time Skretting moved to Lillehammer to start her appointment as the rector of the former Lillehammer University College.
- I strongly believe that the merger is the right choice for the two colleges. I would like to contribute to Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences becoming a university, an institution offering quality education, varied and extensive research activity – a resource for the whole region, says Skretting.