Arwin Nimis, (1971, MSc, Public Administration, University of Twente) is Chairman of the Executive Board of the Drenthe College, vocational education and training (VET), which prepares trainees for jobs related to a specific trade, occupation or vocation. Drenthe College has 8000 students and is linked intensively to the regional economy. It has a broad range of high quality programmes. Until 2020 Nimis was Dean/director of the School of Health Care Studies, Hanze University of Applied Sciences with 3000 students and 40 researchers in the field of the strategic theme 'Healthy Ageing'. All bachelorprogrammes are 'best programme' (top-opleiding) or 'number one' in external ratings (Elsevier, NSE, Studiegids). Until 2012 Nimis was of Director Marketing & Communication within Hanze University. At that time responsible for the successful development and implementation of the branding-strategy of Hanze (as part of the organisation-wide strategy-plan) which led to the pay-off 'Share your Talent. Move the World'. Responsible for enrolment management, public affairs, communication and (inter)national marketing. In 2019 Nimis was asked to return temporarily as Director Marketing & Communication and started to work on the new strategy and communication and introduced the Engaged University as leading vision.
After his graduation in 1995 he worked as a consultant in public health. Thereafter he returned to the University of Twente and worked in different positions (secretary to the board, deputy director of the Policy Department, etc). From 2001 to 2006 he was Director of Marketing & Communication at the University of Twente. At that time this research university was further branded as the Entrepreneurial University.