Loek Hermans was speaker at the opening ceremony academic year 2012-2013.
Loek Hermans graduated from Nijmegen University in 1976 in the field of Political Science. Hermans worked as a Lecturer in Social Sciences and Public Administration at the School for Administrative and Business Studies Gelderland between 1972 and 1976, after which he was appointed as a member of the city council of Nijmegen. He then became a member of Parliament and deputy leader of the Dutch liberal party VVD. From 1998 to 2002 he was also minister of Education, Culture and Science. At present Hermans is a member of the Senate.Aside from his political career, Loek Hermans is considered the leading figure in the Dutch greenhouse horticultural sector. As chairman of Greenport Holland he heads the Dutch association of organisations in horticulture & propagation materials. He holds several chair positions in supervisory boards and is active and highly interested the policy areas with respect to Education, Care, Health, Infrastructure and Environmental and Climate issues.