TU chooses Kesinee as sec­ond fe­male rec­tor


THAM­MASAT UNIVER­SITY (TU) vice pres­i­dent Kesinee Vi­toon­chart has been cho­sen as the new rec­tor be­com­ing the sec­ond woman to hold the role in the pres­ti­gious univer­sity’s his­tory.

She will re­place Somkit Lert­paithoon, whose term is due to end on Novem­ber 23.

The Tham­masat Univer­sity Coun­cil heard pol­icy pro­pos­als from Kesinee, 65, and the Fac­ulty of Law’s trade and bank­ing law pro­gramme head, Kam­chai Chongchakkaphan, 55, who had both ac­cepted nom­i­na­tions from the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee, said coun­cil pres­i­dent No­ranit Setabutr.

The pol­icy hear­ing was held be­cause the com­mit­tee could not de­cide be­tween the two can­di­dates, ac­cord­ing to No­ranit. Af­ter a se­cret bal­lot, Kesinee won a ma­jor­ity 14 of the pos­si­ble 27 votes.

Somkit said Kesinee had asked to serve as act­ing rec­tor un­til De­cem­ber 31 to cover an up­com­ing grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony and Tham­masat Univer­sity Day cel­e­bra­tions on De­cem­ber 9 and 10.

He said Kesinee would then serve as act­ing rec­tor from Jan­uary 1, pend­ing an of­fi­cial ap­point­ment by His Majesty the King.

Somkit said if peo­ple wanted to crit­i­cise the coun­cil’s choice of rec­tor, they could do so within their rights be­cause the univer­sity en­cour­aged a cul­ture of crit­i­cism and trans­parency. “No mat­ter who was cho­sen, [they] would face nor­mal crit­i­cism any­way. Who­ever serves as the TU rec­tor must not shun from crit­i­cism but en­sure that they face it and an­swer peo­ple’s ques­tions bravely,” he said.

Kesinee said she would look at the big pic­ture when ad­min­is­trat­ing the univer­sity to help the coun­try cre­ate a new gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers to pro­pel for­ward changes and in­no­va­tions with com­mu­ni­ca­tion and dig­i­tal skills, and with a busi­ness-ori­ented vi­sion.

Ad­dress­ing ques­tions about her age and health, Kesinee said she would put her full ef­fort into work­ing for the univer­sity and would bring in a new gen­er­a­tion of team mem­bers.


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