New RWTH Board of Governors


In the upcoming winter semester, a new Board of Governors will assume its official functions. On June 14, 2012, the RWTH Senate unanimously confirmed the appointment of the ten members of the Board, high-profile personalities from various sectors of society proposed by a selection committee. Now, in accordance with the NRW University Act, the list was also approved by the NRW Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research.


The new Board of Governors will consist of the following members:

  1. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Bohr, Managing Director at Robert Bosch GmbH, Chair of the Automotive Engineering Section
  2. Prof. Dr. phil. Gudrun Gersmann, Director of the German Historical Institute (Institut Historique Allemand), Paris
  3. Dr. Robert G. Gossink, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of University Hospital Aachen
  4. Dipl.-Volkswirtin Irmtraut Gürkan, Director of Finances at University Hospital Heidelberg
  5. Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h. c. Jürgen Mlynek, President of the Helmholtz Association
  6. Dipl.-Phys. Anna Nelles, Doctoral Candidate in Astrophysics at Radboud University Nijmegen
  7. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dierk Raabe, Direktor und Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung des Max-Planck-Instituts für Eisenforschung Director and Head of the Executive Board of the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE)
  8. Dr. Lucia Reining, Research Director at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
  9. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Siegfried Russwurm, Member of the Board/CEO Industry Sector Siemens AG
  10. Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Margret Wintermantel, President of the German Academic Exchange Service

On November 15, there will be a joint meeting of the members of the new and the current Board of Governors. The new Board will assume its official functions on November 28 and be in term for five years, until November 27, 2017. Three members of the current Board, Gudrun Gersmann, Irmtraut Gürkan, and Lucia Reining, who is currently Chairwoman of the Board, will also be members of the new Board of Governors.

In the Senate meeting on June 14, the Chair of the Senate, Professor Wolfgang Thomas, lauded the successful work of the outgoing Board of Governors and the very constructive climate of collaboration. According to Thomas, one of the central joint projects was the development of the “Strategy 2020,” which served as a basis for the new Institution Strategy formulated under Germany’s Excellence Initiative. The members of the Board, so Thomas, have decisively contributed to the University’s success in the Excellence Initiative. Thomas especially lauded the exemplary dedication and commitment of Dr. Alfred Oberholz, the first chairman of the Board of Governors, who unexpectedly died in February 2012.

The responsibilities of the Board of Governors include election and dismissal of members of the Rector's Office, supervision of the management of the Rector's Office, as well as approval of the University Development Plan, of the Target Agreements, and of the Budget Plan. Furthermore, the Board is expected to bring new ideas and impulses from business, industry, and other sectors into the University.