Three vice presidents with a new distribution of responsibilities in the University management
At the end of 2016 the extended Academic Senate of the Harz University of Applied Sciences elected Prof. Dr. Folker Roland as the full-time president. He was recently presented with his certificate of appointment by the Minister for Economy, Science and Digitalisation of the Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt, Prof. Dr. Armin Willingmann. Following the ceremony, the Senate, a committee of elected representatives of professors, staff and students, had to make some decisions regarding the reorganised rectorate structure.
The vice presidents were elected following proposals made by the president. All the candidates received a majority of votes. In addition to the president and the chancellor, the university management will thus continue to consist of three university lecturers in the position of vice president, each with a particular area of responsibility. From 1st March 2017, Prof. Dr. Louisa Klemmer will be responsible for Study, Teaching and Internationalisation. Prof. Dr. Jens Weiß will cover University Development and Equal Opportunities; he will also be responsible for digitalisation. Prof. Dr. Georg Westermann will represent Research and Transfer. The election attracted a great deal of interest; the lecture theatre was filled with around 100 members of the university. After the elections rector Roland thanked the current vice president for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and E-Learning, Prof. Dr. Olaf Drögehorn for his efforts and for the excellent teamwork. He remains in office until 28th February and will continue to support the rectorate in the future as an adviser on ICT questions.
Vice President for Academic and International Affairs
Prof. Dr. Louisa Klemmer (*1974) was appointed in 2013 for Business Administration/Tourism Management in the Department of Business Studies at the Harz University of Applied Sciences. Since then she has been the Degree Programme Coordinator for the largest degree programme – Tourism Management – and also has the function of Equal Opportunities Officer for the University. She lives in Goslar, is married and has a nine-year-old son. She grew up in Germany, England, Spain and the USA. After studying Sociology at the Wake Forest University in North Carolina she earned her master's degree and doctorate at the University of Florida. The young professor also has practical experience: she was active in the management of five family-run hotels for several years and she ran a restaurant in Gainesville, Florida as one of the founding owners.
Vice President for University Development and Equal Opportunities
Prof. Dr. Jens Weiß (*1968) was born in Mannheim and grew up in the Black Forest. Since 2011 he has been a Professor for Public Management at the Halberstadt campus of the Harz University of Applied Sciences. His primary field is change processes in local government as well as the effects of E-government and E-participation. Previously, he was active as a consultant and partner in various business consultancies. Jens Weiß studied Political Science, Economics and Sociology at the Philipps University Marburg and earned his doctorate in 1999 for research on the development of environmental policy.
Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer
Prof. Dr. Georg Westermann (*1962), born in Augsburg, has been at the Harz University of Applied Sciences since 1997, initially as a Professor for Business Administration/Public Management and from 2006 in the teaching and research area Process Management and Business Consultancy. In the years 1998 to 2000 he was the Dean of the Department of Business Studies. From 2003 to 2007 he was the Vice-rector for Study, Teaching, Continuing Education and Quality Management, and since 2012 he has held the position of vice-rector for Research and International Affairs. Since 2009 he has been the Scientific Head of the IfDP (Institute for Service and Process Management). He has lived in Wernigerode since 1997, is married and the father of three children.
President of the Harz University of Applied Sciences
For university president Prof. Dr. Folker Roland the five-year term of office began a month earlier - on 1st February 2017. Before this, the 52-year-old business graduate managed the university as acting president. He took on this role in May 2016 after the previous president, Prof. Dr. Armin Willingmann, took up an appointment at the Ministry of Economy, Science and Digitalisation of the Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt.
Since 1994, Folker Roland has been a Professor for Business Administration with a focus on production and logistics management in the Department of Business Studies. He was a member of the rectorate from 1997 to 2000 and then again since 2007 as the vice president for Study, Quality Management and Continuing Education. He is married and is the father of two adult daughters. The strengths of the Harz University of Applied Sciences according to the new rector include the innovative range of courses, the intensive networking with the region and the strong identification of students and staff with the 25-year-old educational institution. Regarding the challenges of the period of office that lies before him he says: "I think the primary tasks will be to secure the position of the Harz University of Applied Sciences with its 3,000 students, to push ahead with the plans to develop our locations as well as the networking of the two campuses in Wernigerode and Halberstadt."