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2014-10-14

New Temporary Management at Zeppelin University

Zeppelin University (ZU) has a new temporary management. The senate of ZU has opted for Professor Dr Dr h.c. mult. Alfred Kieser as the new temporary president. New temporary chancellor is to be Alexander Kübler-Kreß, hitherto corporate attorney and head of the Examination Center.

After his interim appointment as temporary president by the board of the ZU Foundation, the senate today recommended Alfred Kieser for this position to the ZU Foundation. The economist has been working at ZU as a visiting researcher since 2011, and has been a member of the board of directors as Vice President | Research since 2012. Before that, he held the Chair of Organization and Personnel Management at the Freie Universität Berlin, and after that the Chair of General Business Administration at the University of Mannheim. He is considered one of Germany´s leading researchers on organizational theory, is a regular member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and holds honorary doctorates from the Faculty of Business Administration of the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, and the Corvinus University, Budapest. As a temporary president, he will also be the speaker of the management of ZU.

Alexander Kübler-Kreß is a corporate attorney at ZU and has been heading the Examination Center since 2010. Before that, he was the vice chancellor and acting chancellor at the Hochschule Coburg. He is also to act as a managing director.
Kieser and Kübler-Kreß will stay in office until a new president and a new chancellor have been found and appointed. Their main task will be to manage the organization during this time, and to organize the transitionary period. Both also intend to intensively deal with the events of the recent past and to install the respective committees at ZU to do this.

A committee has been installed to search for and find a successor for the position of president. It has been in force since May and its work is expected to finish at the end of November with a recommendation for an appointment to the senate. The senate will then make a recommendation to the ZU Foundation. Currently, this is in turn intensively searching for a successor for the position of the chancellor.

Katja Völcker, who had held the position of temporary chancellor again since August, will focus on the building project of the "ZF Campus of Zeppelin University" in Fallenbrunnen 3 until she leaves ZU in 2015 as already announced.