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Governance

As a private university, Jacobs University Bremen is independent from government control of its mission, strategic direction, and resources. Jacobs University Bremen is governed by an independent board of governors who serve as trustees of the resources and mission of the institution. The Jacobs University Bremen Board of Governors is comprised of leading figures from the world of international business, politics and academia.
 
The Board is responsible for monitoring the implementation of Jacobs University Bremen’s guiding principles, ensuring adequate resources for the operation of the university, and for approving budgets and personnel recommendations put forward by the President. The President is responsible for all administrative and academic operations of the university.
 
Organisation 
Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH is a registered non-profit organisation. In accordance with its statutes, it comprises four bodies: the Councilors, the Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors and the Executive Board, which comprises the President and the Managing Director of the university. The Board of Governors is the main decision-making body for all fundamental issues that affect the development of the university, including the appointment of the president and professors.
 
Jacobs University Executive Board
 
Office of the President
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katja Windt

Office of the Managing Director
Prof. Dr. Michael Hülsmann
 
Jacobs University Bremen Board of Governors
As of: October 2017
 

Prof. Dr. E. Jürgen Zöllner (Chairman)
Executive Board, Stiftung Charité, Berlin

Prof. Dr. Jutta Allmendinger
President, Social Science Research Center Berlin

Dr. h. c. Erik Bettermann
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Welthungerhilfe, Director General (retired), Deutsche Welle, Bonn

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius
Director, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven

Dr. Werner Brinker
Former Chairman of the Board of Management, EWE AG, Oldenburg

Andrew S. Douglas, PhD
Vice Dean for Faculty, Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, Baltimore

Marco R. Fuchs
Chief Executive Officer, OHB System AG, Bremen

Sandro Giuliani
Managing Director, Jacobs Foundation, Zurich

Martin Günthner
Senator for Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports, Bremen

Dr. Joh. Christian Jacobs
Honorary Chairman, Jacobs Foundation, Zurich

Ingo Kramer
Managing Partner, J. Heinr. Kramer Holding GmbH, Bremerhaven

Prof. Dr. David W. Leebron
President, Rice University, Houston

Prof. Dr. Karin Lochte
Former Director, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven

Peter Lürßen
Managing Director, Fr. Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co. KG, Bremen

Prof. Dr. Reimar Lüst (Honorary Chairman)
Founding Chairman of the Board of Governors 1999 – 2004, International University Bremen

Ursula M. May
Head of Resource Management and Training, Siemens Wind Power GmbH, Hamburg

Albert Schmitt
Managing Director, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Anne Valtink
Jacobs Alumna, Class of 2013, Chair, Jacobs University Bremen Alumni & Friends Stiftung GmbH, Bremen, Senior Consultant Oliver Wyman GmbH, Munich

Prof. Dr. Hildegard Westphal
Director of the Leibniz-Center for Tropical Marine Research, Bremen