MAASTRICHT. During his last meeting as chair of the University Council, in late February, he was given a framed print of Maastricht’s St Servatius Bridge. “Herman builds bridges”, explained the university president Martin Paul, who presented the gift. This is indeed how Professor Herman Kingma (65) has approached the role over the last six years: as a mediator. As someone who ensures that the Executive Board and the University Council can focus on their work as effectively as possible – if not transparently.