Pilsen University Faculty Unable to Elect New Dean Amidst Scholarship Scandal


At the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, the Academic Senate did not elect a candidate for dean on Monday. The previous dean, Lukáš Štich, resigned after being suspected of irregularly awarding scholarships to some students who allegedly returned a portion of the money to him. None of the three current candidates received the most votes, so that the election will be repeated.

The candidates were manager Jan Beránek, physician Zdeněk Hess, and head of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at FZS Jitka Krocová. The university spokesperson, Šárka Stará, confirmed that the new date for the election would be set in the coming days. The faculty is currently undergoing a difficult period.

After the case was publicized in February, former rector Miroslav Holeček called on Štich to resign, which he did. The university is still being audited, and the police are investigating the case.