Wanted: University Manager of the Year 2015 ‒ six university managers nominated for the award
CHE and the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT present the “University Manager of the Year” award again this year. A jury has nominated six university managers for the award, all of whom have shaped the development of their higher education institution with outstanding leadership and initiated innovative change processes. The award-winner will be selected from the group of nominees on 25 November. The six nominees are described in brief portraits.
The following individuals have been nominated for the “University Manager of the Year 2015” award:
Professor Dr. Michael Braun, President of the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Brief portrait
Professor Dr. Lambert T. Koch, Rector of the University of Wuppertal Brief portrait
Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann, President of Hof University of Applied Sciences Brief portrait
Professor Dr. Ursula Nelles, Rector of the University of Münster Brief portrait
Professor Dr. Michael Pötzl, President of Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts Brief portrait
Professor Dr. Ulrich Radtke, Rector of the University of Duisburg-Essen Brief portrait
The finalists were selected in two stages. An indicator-based preselection involved assessing data from the German Academic Exchange Service, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the CHE University Ranking, among others. A total of 47 managers of HEIs that are considered to be particularly promising in the German higher education landscape made it to the next stage. Next, all of the candidates were questioned about their leadership philosophy and their various management activities. In addition, chairs of university councils, vice presidents and vice rectors were asked to assess their respective leader. Drawing on the results of the preselection and the outcome of the survey, a jury of recognised experts nominated six finalists from this group. The University Manager of the Year 2015 will be selected from their midst at the ZEIT conference “Hochschule & Bildung” on 25 November 2015. In this year’s selection process, special emphasis is placed on leadership qualities for enhancing the “Third Mission” of HEIs, i.e. services that go beyond teaching and research, such as technology transfer, continuing education and the university’s social or regional commitment to intensify its exchange relations with business and society.