Board of Governors

  • Members

    • Prof. Dr Cornelia Denz
      President of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Braunschweig
    • Jürgen Kaube
      Publisher of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
    • Prof. Dr Hans-Jürgen Kirsch
      Director at the Institute of Accounting and Auditing in the School of Business and Economics at the University of Münster
    • Matthias Löb
      Former director of the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL)
    • Prof. Dr Janbernd Oebbecke (deputy chairperson)
      Prof. emeritus of Public Law and Administrative Sciences at the University of Münster
    • Prof. Dr med Heidrun Thaiss
      Former executive director of the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA)
    • Dr Elke Topp (chairperson)
      Director at the Court of Audit of Rhineland-Palatinate, member of the board
    • Prof. Dr Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf
      Professor of Modern German Literary History in the German Studies Department of the University of Münster
  • General Information

    Boards of governors were established at universities through the state of North Rhine-Westphalia as a new statutory body when the Higher Education Autonomy Act (HFG) went into effect on 1 January 2007. This body was granted key responsibilities and competencies (e.g. electing the Rectorate, approving business and development plans) which are integral for structuring and managing each respective university.

    The members of the Board of Governors are appointed to a term of five years in accordance with § 21 sect. 3 HG.

    Profile of the Board of Governors

    Within the scope of its state-mandated tasks in accordance with § 21, the Board of Governors sees its chief responsibility as providing critical and constructive advice to the Rectorate and other University bodies to a certain degree of abstraction. The Board of Governors wishes to exchange ideas and cooperate with other committees of the University, in particular, the Academic Senate. Furthermore, the Board of Governors endeavours to actively engage in regular dialogue with representatives of the student body.

    Working method

    The Board of Governors convenes at least four times a year in accordance with its rules of procedure. The members of the Rectorate and the Equal Opportunities Officer are invited to participate at these meetings. The meetings are confidential and not open to the public as stipulated by law.

    The meetings of the Board of Governors are generally held in the faculties and institutes of the University. On these occasions, the faculties and institutes are invited to describe their present situation and development plans to the Board of Governors, thereby providing the board with the opportunity to become better acquainted with their working methods, objectives and problems.

    At every meeting the chairperson reports on current developments which have relevance to Board of Governors' activities. This is followed by statements by the members of the Rectorate on current issues from their respective areas of responsibility. The members of the Board of Governors use these reports as the basis for their deliberations and recommendations.

    The issues most commonly discussed at the Board of Governors meetings include:

    • budget and finance plans
    • quality development and assurance, information on third-party funding, appointments and dismissals
    • higher education development plan
    • strategic positioning of the University of Münster in national and international competition
    • quality of teaching
    • teacher training
    • internationalisation
    • research
    • the Excellence Strategy

    The Board of Governors has asked two of its members to address financial and accounting matters and assist the Rectorate with the end-of-the-year financial report. In this function it serves as an informal working group ("Finance Delegation"). On occasion, it also meets with the Head of Administration and his staff prior to a Board of Governors meeting in order to provide the board with as comprehensive and relevant infomation as possible.