Prof Dr Karin Luckey has been President of the Hochschule Bremen (HSB) for almost 15 years. She will retire at the end of August 2023 after three terms in office. The highest office of the second largest academic institution in the state of Bremen does not have to be filled until 1 September 2023. However, in order to ensure continuity in the leadership at an early stage, the Academic Senate has now brought forward its decision on who is to follow Prof Luckey: the body elected Prof Dr Konrad Wolf at its meeting on Tuesday afternoon, 24 January 2023. The scientist from Bavaria brings with him a broad range of expertise for the task of leading HSB, not least due to his diverse activities in the field of science and science policy.
Prof Dr Konrad Wolf was initially Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research and then President (2009-2016) at Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences. From 2016 to 2021, he also held the office of Minister of Science in the state government of Rhineland-Palatinate. The 61-year-old physicist is thus well acquainted with higher education policy from all angles.
"I am very happy about the decision reached by the Academic Senate and want to thank all members for their support," says Prof Dr Konrad Wolf. "As the future President of HSB, my priorities will be to provide concrete impetus for targeted further development, to initiate and accompany purposeful processes of change and to implement them working as a team together with everyone concerned at HSB."
"I warmly congratulate Prof Dr Konrad Wolf on being elected to the post," says incumbent President Luckey. "It is a particular honour to head the second largest scientific institution in the state of Bremen." The Hochschule Bremen is an important partner for the city of Bremen and the surrounding region, she adds. "It is an international and cosmopolitan university that secures the next generation of much-needed and highly trained specialists, acts as a driving force for a sustainable future and, as a science-based centre of innovation, makes a decisive contribution to finding solutions to the pressing issues of the day," she says. "I wish my successor every success in this demanding and prestigious office. In addition, I would like to thank the Academic Senate, the search committee and Daniel Engelbrecht, Head of Administration, for ensuring continuity in the university management with the early and successful organisation and implementation of this election."
Science Senator Dr Claudia Schilling: "With Professor Dr Konrad Wolf, the Academic Senate of the HSB has chosen an experienced professor and manager capable of injecting fresh momentum into teaching and learning at the Hochschule Bremen. I am also confident that with his many years of political experience he will ensure that HSB continues its successful development and remains competitive. I look forward to working with him."