University Management

Senate and University Council

The Senate is the central committee in academic self-government. The University Council functions as a supervisory board. Together, the two bodies elect the members of the Rectorate.

The Senate

The Senate decides on matters relating to research, teachung and studies. Among its duties are:

  • Set up, change, and cancel study programs and university facilites
  • Decide fundamental research questions
  • Foster young scientific talent
  • Technology transfer
  • Elect the adjunct Rectorate members and, jointly with the University Council, elect the full-time members of the Rectorate

The University Council

The University Council takes on strategic planning responsibilities. It makes organizational and development planning decisions and proposes measures geared to profile creation and boosting performance and competitive capability.

Among its duties are:

  • Oversee the management by the Rectorate
  • Decide on organizational and development plans and the business plan
  • Consent to university contracts and inter-university cooperations
  • Elect the full-time Rectorate members jointly with the Senate


Prof. Dr. Bernhard Keimer
Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart

Deputy Chairwoman
Prof. Dr. Kirsten Dickhaut
Faculty of Humanities

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Freimuth
Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Keimer
Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart

Anke Kleinschmit
ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG, Waiblingen

Dr. Susanne Kortendick
Kortendick Solutions, Berlin

Dr. Christoph Müller
Netze BW GmbH, Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Ursula Schaefer
University of Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Kirsten Dickhaut
Faculty of Humanities

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Frank Gießelmann
Faculty Chemistry

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Resch
Faculty Energy-, Process- and Bio-Engineering

Benjamin Maschler
Faculty Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Jeannette von Wolff
Student Counseling Center



Susanne Felkl

Head of Committees and Structure

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