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The President awards large gold medal

Kerstin Calissendorff, former chair of the University board, received the Stockholm University large gold medal.

Kerstin Calissendorff with the medal in a chain around her neck, and President Söderbergh Widding
Kerstin Calissendorff receives the large gold medal from President Astrid Söderbergh Widding. Photo: Sanna Eklund

The President has earlier decided to award the 2020 large gold medal to Kerstin Calissendorff, former chair of the University board, with the motivation:

After ten years as a Justice of the Supreme Court, which followed a long-standing legal career, Kerstin Calissendorff chose in 2013 to take on the side assignment as chair of the board of Stockholm University. She herself is an alumna of the University, where she graduated with a Master of Laws in 1981, and also worked for a time as an assistant professor at the Department of Law. She thus returned to a not unfamiliar business, albeit with a new perspective. Kerstin Calissendorff has shouldered the task with deep commitment and striking lack of prestige, but also with great sharpness and unfailing compass for the interface between the board's assignment and the academic. As President, I have personally in Kerstin for seven years had strong support and an unfailing dialogue partner. Her leadership, characterized by a light but at the same time firm hand, has created a good climate for the board's work, both for dialogue and critical reflection. During Kerstin Calissendorff's chairmanship, Stockholm University has undergone significant development in the direction of the University's strategic goals; education and research of the highest quality, to contribute to the development of society.

The medal was awarded at a reception in Spökslottet on 9 September 2021.