Sees the university as a central force in regional development

In his role, Dr Waltersson is responsible for ensuring that the Vice-Chancellor and University Board get the information and support they need to fulfill their commitments. He is also responsible for making sure that the university's activities are characterised by holistic thinking and collaboration.

Previously, Dr Waltersson was head of the Centre for Municipality Studies (CKS), a centre formed jointly by Linköping University and 14 municipalities in the region. He received his doctorate from Linköping University (LiU) in 2005 with a history thesis and, in parallel with his work at the university, he has occasionally held several local political posts, among them municipal commissioner and chairman of Linköping Education Board.

In his role as University Director, Dr Waltersson is able to transfer his experience of collaboration at state, regional and municipal level, as well as in industry and civil society. Collaboration at different levels is important, and he sees the university as a central force, not least in terms of regional development.

As head of University Services, Dr Waltersson has overall responsibility for its budget and business plan, financial statements, monitoring, analysis and forecasting of revenue and outcomes. He is also responsible for staff and organisational development within University Services.

Dr Waltersson wants LiU to be a place where people can develop, do well, perform and thrive. He has a vision of LiU where high demands on individual performance are combined with helping each other improve through well-developed collaboration.

CV and assignments


  • Since 2012 University Director
  • 2009-2012 Head and Research Director, Centre for Municipality Studies (CKS)
  • 2007-2009 Member of the City Council, Linköping
  • 2005-2006 State secretary, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
  • 2005 PhD, history, Linköping University
  • 1997-2005 Doctoral student, Linköping University
  • 1994-1996 Political adviser, Department of Education

Duties and networks

  • Permanent member of University Board
  • Head of university’s Central Crisis Support Group
  • Participates in various internal collaboration and decision-making bodies at LiU
  • Member of the Board of the Swedish Council for Higher Education
  • Participates in committee council between Linköping University and Region Östergötland
  • Participates in network for heads of university services
  • Participates in meetings of the Association of Swedish Higher Education
  • Board member, NUAS (“Det Nordiska Universitets Administratörs Samarbetet”)

LiU Leader of the Year

In 2010, Kent Waltersson was named LiU Leader of the Year. The citation read: "with his visionary leadership he is not only able to manage operations but also to develop and strengthen that which already worked well. He sets clear targets and requirements and acts in the organisation's best interests. Dr Waltersson's leadership is characterised by respect, consideration, imagination, authority and the ability to make decisions."


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