Antonella Polimeni, current Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, full professor in the Dental Diseases scientific-disciplinary sector, will be the Rector of Sapienza for the sexennium 2020-2026. She succeeds Eugenio Gaudio, who led Sapienza from 2014 to 2020.
The academic community elected the new Rector at the first round of elections that took place from November 10 to 13, 2020, obtaining an absolute majority (half+1) of unweighted votes (for the academic staff) and weighted votes (for technical-administrative staff and student and research fellow reps), equal to 2,529.74 votes out of 4,170.32 total votes, or 60.7%. The other candidates for the office were Federico Masini, a sinologist from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, who obtained 765.46 votes and Vincenzo Nesi, a mathematician from the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, who obtained 734.26 votes. The blank ballots weighed 140.86 votes.
Voting participation, which took place online for the first time, was very high: a total of 74.5% of those entitled to vote.
The public ballot, which took place on November 13, in the afternoon, was live-streamed. The electoral results obtained by the individual candidates, once certified by the Central Electoral Commission, will be published on the page Election for the Rector by the Electoral Office, followed by the decree of the Dean of the Academic Board, Alfredo Gaito.
Antonella Polimeni is the first woman to hold the highest academic office at Sapienza and the first female Rector elected to a major Italian university.
Source Sapienza University of Rome