Executive Board

The University of the Arts The Hague is run by an Executive Board, which is supervised by a Board of Governors. The Board of Governors determines the number of members of the Executive Board and of the Board of Governors.

The Executive Board comprises:

  • Marieke Schoenmakers, President
  • Henk van der Meulen, Vice President

The Executive Board is in charge of running the University which involves being responsible for achieving the goals of the University, devising the strategy, and managing funding and policy, among others. The Executive Board accounts for the management of these affairs to the Board of Governors. The main points of activity are reported by the Board in the Annual Report.

The Board of Governors is responsible for supervising the policy of the Executive Board and the general running of affairs of the University while assisting the Executive Board by providing advice. For this purpose, the Board of Governors adopts a framework which states how their supervision will be conducted and what specific points of departure will be adopted.

The members have a mix of experience, knowledge and expertise which enables the Board to assess individual aspects of the Executive Board’s policy and advise on financial, administrative, community, social, legal and many other commonly occurring issues. When approaching candidate members an effort is made to gain expertise in the fields of art and culture, higher education, finance, the business world and the construction.

The members have a mix of experience, knowledge and expertise which enables the Board to assess individual aspects of the Executive Board’s policy and advise on financial, administrative, community, social, legal and many other commonly occurring issues. When approaching candidate members an effort is made to gain expertise in the fields of art and culture, higher education, finance, the business world and the construction.

The Board of Governors members are:

  • Mr. Harro Knijff, chair
  • Prof. Dr. Pancras Hogendoorn
  • Drs. Anneke Hogenstijn
  • Drs. Charlotte Huygens
  • Jhr. ir. Carel Jan Reigersman
  • Drs. Ron Soonieus

The Board of Governors' annual report includes the profiles, resignation schedule and remuneration policy. Also listed are the members' main appointments and relevant subsidiary appointments as well as the compliance with the Sector Code of Governance, including the required independence of the members and the way in which the Board of Governors informs itself.

Board of Governors Report 2017 (Dutch version)

Profile Board of Governors

Framework for the Board of Governors

Main and Relevant Subsidiary Appointments (Dutch version)

The Executive Board is in charge of running the University which involves being responsible for achieving the goals of the University, devising the strategy, and managing funding and policy, among others. The Executive Board accounts for the management of these affairs to the Board of Governors. The main points of activity are reported by the Board in the Annual Report.


Annual Report 2017 (Dutch version)

Annual Report 2016 (Dutch version)


The governance structure is defined by the articles of association and the board rules which provide details of the tasks and methods of working of the Executive Board and the Board of Governors. The articles of association and the board rules together with the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act (WHW) and the Sector Code of Governance for Universities of Applied Science form a coherent whole.

Articles of association (.pdf)

Board Rules (.pdf)


The Sector Code of Governance offers universities of applied science and the outside world a transparent framework for the governance structure and internal supervision. The Executive Board and the Board of Governors are responsible for compliance with and enforcement of the stipulations of the code.

The University complies with the Sector Code of Governance. Unless otherwise stated the principles and the executive provisions of the Sector Code of Governance are applied. In view of the size of the University and the limited funding the provisions in the Code of Governance regarding risk management and control systems are not entirely implemented.

Sector Code of Governance for Universities of Applied Science (Dutch version)