The academic senate of Alexander Dubček University in Trenčín (TnUAD) on Wednesday, June 2, elected Ivan Kneppo to the post of rector, the TASR newswire reported.
In the second round of the secret vote, Kneppo, who is currently the acting rector, was supported by 14 members of the 26-strong senate. A total of 11 members backed former education minister Peter Ponický, while one abstained. Ponický received 13 votes in the first round, one more than Kneppo. The remaining member abstained. Marek Liška from the rector's office and Dean of the Faculty of Special Technology Otto Barborák gave up in their bids for the post last week.
Former rector Miroslav Mečár resigned last year after a scandal over the issuing of so-called express diplomas, for which students had not completed the normal period of study. According to Education Minister Ján Mikolaj (a nominee of the Slovak National Party), TnUAD broke the law by awarding degrees with undue haste. At the same time, the ministry asked General Prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka to look into the case.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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3. Jun 2010 at 10:00