Board of Governors

  RWTH Board of Governors members Copyright: © Martin Braun

The University's Board of Governors from left to right: Professor Nassehi, Mr. Schmallenbach, Professor Mertig, Professor Klingner, Doctor Behrenbeck, Professor Debackere, Mrs. Witzenhausen, Doctor Körte (Professor Schmitz is not pictured).



Eva Salentin

Assistant to the Board of Governors


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The Board

The Board of Governors advises the Rectorate and oversees its management of university governance.

After the five-year term of the third RWTH Aachen Board of Governors came to a conclusion, a new Board of Governors was appointed in November 2012 to serve until November 2027.

The Board of Governors is made up of ten external members. From November 1, 2023, the Board of Governors will temporarily consist of nine members. Board members are leading figures from industry, business, and academia; one member should have gained the trust of the students. The Equal Opportunities Officer and the members of the Rector's Office belong to the Board in an advisory function. Board of Governors' meetings are not open to the public. However members can call in guests to individual meetings or consult with them on points of order.

Information on the topics under discussion at past Board meetings from 2015 going forward can be found on our intranet site at Hochschulrat / Board of Governors.

Responsibilities of the Board Governors in accordance with Section 21 of the NRW Higher Education Act include:

  • Participation in the University Election Assembly: election and dismissal of members of the Rector's Office
  • Supervision of the Rectorate's management activities
  • Approval of the draft of the Target Agreement between the University and the Federal State of NRW and of the Budget Plan
  • Response to the University Development Plan and the Rector's Office's statement of accounts
  • Approval of the Annual Financial Statement and approval of the Rector's Office

Members of the Board of Governors

Name Position
Deputy Chairwoman of the Board of Governors
Dr. Sabine Behrenbeck

Head of the Tertiary Education Committee – German Council of Science and Humanities

Prof. Dr. Koenraad Debackere

KU Leuven: Professor of Business and Economcis;

Executive Director of KU Leuven Research & Development;

KBC Group: Board of Directors – Chairman and Independent Director, Chairman of Nomination Committee, Chairman of Remuneration Committee

Chairman of the Board of Governors
Prof. Dr. Raoul Klingner

Director of Research at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Dr. Peter Körte

Chief Technology & Strategy Officer at Siemens AG

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Mertig

Professor of Theoretical Physics, MLU Halle-Wittenberg

Prof. Dr. Armin Nassehi

Professor of General Sociology and Theory of Society, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Christoph Schmallenbach

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Generali Schweiz Holding AG

Prof. Dr. Harald Schmitz

Chief Executive Officer of the Bank für Sozialwirtschaft AG

Laura Witzenhausen

Head of the Department for Capacity Balancing Collaboration  – Amprion GmbH