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The University Council

Contributing to the decision-making process

The University Council is involved in all decisions which are relevant to the entire university. This includes development planning, the structure of the university, the introduction of new degree programmes, policy issues and budget priorities. The University Council is also responsible for appointing the President of the University and the Vice Presidents.

It consists of the elected members of the Senate and important figures from the worlds of scholarship, culture and practice. The Executive Board, the Women’s Representative and the Doctoral Candidates’ Representative participate in its meetings in an advisory capacity. A representative of the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts is invited to its meetings.

External members

Roland Auschel (Image: adidas-Group / Hanna Hlavacek)

Roland Auschel (Image: adidas-Group / Hanna Hlavacek)

Roland Auschel, who holds a diploma in Business Administration, a BA in European Business Studies (UK) and an MBA (USA), began his career at adidas in strategic planning, later taking on management posts in the company at the regional and global levels. His previous roles include Business Unit Manager, Key Account Manager Europe, Managing Director Market Central and Head of Region Europe, Middle East and Africa. He became Chief Sales Officer for Multichannel Markets in 2007. He is currently a member of the Executive Board of adidas AG in Herzogenaurach. Roland Auschel represents FAU’s involvement with local businesses and its wide network of regional, national and international contacts with global players in industry.

Walter Bockshecker (Image: Nürnberger)

Walter Bockshecker (Image: Nürnberger)

After studying Vocational Education at Universität der Bundeswehr in Munich, Walter Bockshecker spent seven years in the Bundeswehr, during which time he held various posts. In 1990, he moved to the German Insurance Association for Vocational Education and Training (BWV), where he later became managing director. In addition, he was managing director of the newly established Deutsche Versicherungsakademie (DVA) for three years, starting in 2001. Walter Bockshecker has been a member of the Executive Board of NÜRNBERGER Versicherungsgruppe since 2004, where he is responsible for human resources and welfare, as well as materials management. He has also been chairman of the Board of Directors of NÜRNBERGER Communication Center GmbH since 2013 and chairman of the Supervisory Board at NÜRNBERGER SofortService AG since 2014. He additionally holds several voluntary posts as a member of the Executive Board of the German Insurance Association for Vocational Education and Training (BWV), is chairman of the Executive Board of BWV Nordbayern-Thüringen and deputy chairman of Forum V. Walter Bockshecker personifies the vigorous insurance industry in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region with its strong ties to FAU.

Image: Siemens AG

Dr. rer. nat. Roland Busch, born in 1964 is an alumnus of FAU. He studied Physics both here and at Grenoble University. In 1994 he joined Siemens AG (Central Division for Research and Development) as a project manager before switching to Automobile Technology – Strategic Planning at the Regensburg site in 1995. This was followed by other managerial posts in various divisions of the Siemens Group. Dr. Roland Busch joined the Board of Siemens AG in 2011. In this capacity he handles Siemens infrastructure projects, is responsible for Group Strategy and heads the Research and Development Division.

Dr. Busch is eminently suitable for the post of advisor on the natural sciences and engineering at FAU as a result of the varied roles he has played in a major international company.

Prof. Dr. Carola Jäggi (Image: F. Brüderli)

Prof. Dr. Carola Jäggi (Image: F. Brüderli)

Prof. Dr. Carola Jäggi, born in Winterthur, Switzerland, studied the History of Art at the universities of Basel, Zurich, Freiburg im Breisgau and Bonn, in addition to archaeology and ethnology. She obtained her doctorate in 1995. Carola Jäggi has held posts as a doctoral thesis scholar of the Max Planck Society at Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, as a freelancer at the archaeological specialist institute Kantonsarchäologie in Zurich and as a research fellow at the University of Basel. In mid-2000, she was appointed to a temporary 18-month C1 post at the Institute of History and Art History at Technische Universität Berlin. From 2002 to March 2013, Carola Jäggi was Chair of Christian Archaeology and Art History at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology at FAU. She also acted as Women’s Representative and Dean of Studies. Since April 2013, Prof. Dr. Carola Jäggi has been Professor of Medieval Art History and Archaeology of the Early Christian and High and Late Medieval Period at the University of Zurich.

In the University Council, Prof. Dr. Carola Jäggi can draw on the extensive experience which she has garnered at various universities.

Peter Kurz (Image: LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung Co. KG/Karin Prussak)

Peter Kurz (Image: LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung Co. KG/Karin Prussak)

Peter Kurz is chairman of LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co. KG in Fürth, an international group which is a global leader in transfer and coating technology and has 4500 employees. KURZ manufactures and sells decorative and functional hot stamping foils for a wide range of applications. After studying Business Studies at the European Business School in Frankfurt, Paris and London, Peter Kurz became the fourth-generation managing director of the family company. In addition to this role, he is also a voluntary member of the Executive Board of the Arbeitgeberverband der Bayerischen Chemischen Industrie. Peter Kurz was previously a member of FAU’s Advisory Board. By making him a member of the University Council, the university hopes to benefit further from his expertise by including a representative of SMEs/hidden champions of business on the University Council.

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Müller

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Müller (Image: private)

Prof. Müller (born in Schleswig-Holstein in 1945) was formerly Rector of Bremen University and received the University Administrator of the Year award in 2012 while in this post. After studying Chemistry and obtaining the qualification of Diplom-Chemiker while also reading Philosophy at Kiel University, Prof. Müller continued his studies in Education, Sociology and Philosophy at Hamburg University, there acquiring his Dr. phil. qualification. He was a research associate at the Interdisciplinary Centre for University Didactics (IZHD) at Hamburg University, subsequently being appointed assistant professor for ‘Education and Career Orientation of Scientists and Engineers’ at Bremen University before being awarded a tenured professorship in ‘Career Practice of Engineers and Technical Innovation Processes (Social Science Engineering Research’ in 1979 at the same institution. His wide-ranging knowledge of German university management, acquired as vice-rector and rector of his university and in the post of vice-president of HRK and spokesman for the Consortium of North German Universities, has already been of benefit to FAU during the structural evaluation of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology. It is not only his experience in academic management, but also his varied academic background that ensure his suitability for supporting a well-connected full university such as FAU as a member of the University Board.

Prof. Dr. Benno Nigg (Image: private)

Prof. Dr. Benno Nigg (Image: private)

Born in Switzerland, Prof. Nigg studied Nuclear Physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). He began his career in biomechanics in 1971. and became director of the biomechanics laboratory at ETH Zurich in 1976. In 1981, he moved to the University of Calgary, where he established and developed the Human Performance Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research centre with approximately 180 researchers working on research into the human body and how it moves. The goal of this work is to improve mobility and quality of life. Prof. Nigg has received numerous prizes and awards for his research (over 16,000 citations, Google Scholar in January 2016), including the Olympic Order, an honorary doctorate of the University of Salzburg and an honorary professorship at the Shanghai University of Sport. His experience as a dean at the University of Calgary in Canada, which is comparable to FAU, his work as a member of the Alberta Economic Development Authority, a think tank of the Alberta provincial government, and his practical experience in developing and managing spin-offs as well as his business contacts are incredibly valuable for FAU.

Prof. Dr. Margit Osterloh (Image: Reto Schlatter)

Prof. Dr. Margit Osterloh (Image: Reto Schlatter)

Margit Osterloh studied industrial engineering and management at the Technische Universität Berlin, completing her Diplom in 1970. She then spent several years working for a medium-sized company in Nuremberg as an assistant to the director. She received a scholarship from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development from 1976 to 1981 and was awarded her doctoral degree by Freie Universität Berlin in 1981. Margit Osterloh obtained her habilitation at FAU in 1990. She spent some time as Professor of Human Resources at the University of Lüneburg before being appointed as a professor at the University of Zurich. She became Chair of Business Administration at the University of Zurich in 1991. She has held various research fellowships at institutions such as the University of Canberra in Australia and the Institute for Advanced Study Collegium Budapest, and spent time as a visiting professor at the University of Vienna. She was Professor of Management Science at Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick, UK, from 2010 to 2013. Margit Osterloh holds an honorary doctorate of the University of Lüneburg and was a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities to 2011. As part of her academic activities, Margit Osterloh is involved in a wide range of committees and boards. FAU benefits from her international experience in academia and science management, and the expertise in business administration that she brings to the University Council.

Prof. Dr. Josef M. Pfeilschifter

Prof. Dr. Josef M. Pfeilschifter

Prof. Dr. Pfeilschifter, born in Windischbergerdorf, studied Medicine and Philosophy at the University of Regensburg and Technische Universität München, where he also obtained his doctorate in 1982. Following his research fellowships at the University of Regensburg and the University of Zurich, he joined the company Ciba-Geigy AG in Basel in 1987, where he worked as a research associate for four years. He obtained his habilitation in biochemical pharmacology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Basel in 1990. Here, he became Associate Professor for Pharmacology and Toxicology in 1992. In 1993, he was awarded the Franz Volhard Prize of the German Nephrology Society. Since November 1996, he has been a C4 professor and director of the Institute of General Pharmacology and Toxicology at Goethe University Frankfurt. He has received offers for prestigious appointments from the universities in Tübingen, Munich, Regensburg and Jena, but decided to stay at Goethe University Frankfurt. Since May 2002, he has been dean of the School of Medicine there. He has also been deputy chairman of the Paul Ehrlich Foundation since 2002. Prof. Pfeilschifter is a member of the research society Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft an der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (since 2000), the Physiology and Medicine section of Academia Europaea (since 2000) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (since 2004). He is a member of the steering committee of Medizinischer Fakultätentag (the association of medical schools in Germany), vice president of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers, and also has various functions at DFG. FAU benefits from Professor Pfeilschifter’s expertise in the areas of science and science management. In the University Council he provides input in the form of his medical expertise.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wilhelm

Ulrich Wilhelm

Ulrich Wilhelm finished his degree in Journalism (Redakteursdiplom) at Deutsche Journalistenschule in 1983. He studied law at the universities in Passau and Munich. While at university, he worked as a freelance journalist, his last post was in the chief editorial office of Bayerischer Rundfunk. In 1991, he entered public service as a fully qualified lawyer, initially working at the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior. In 1993, Ulrich Wilhelm started working for the Bavarian State Chancellery. In 1999, he became the press spokesman of the Bavarian Prime Minister and the Bavarian government. He was appointed head of the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts in 2004. Subsequently, in 2005, he moved to Berlin, where he became head of the German government’s Press and Information Office and government spokesperson with the rank of permanent state secretary. In May 2010, he was elected director of Bayerischer Rundfunk by the broadcasting council with 40 out of 44 votes. He resigned from all of his government posts and took up his post as director of Bayerischer Rundfunk in February 2011. Ulrich Wilhelm represents high-profile media on FAU’s University Council.

Members of the Senate with voting rights

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