EBS Universität Sets Further Course for Success


Günther H. Oettinger and Martin Böhm Join Management Team as President and Rector, Respectively.

EBS is about to start into the future with a powerful leadership team. In addition to the high-profile appointment of Günther H. Oettinger to the vacant position of president, Professor Martin Böhm from IE University Madrid has been recruited as future rector of EBS. Both will take office in late summer this year and, together with Dr. Dorothée Hofer, managing director of EBS, will form the future management trio.

At EBS Universität, the sails are set for further success. After education and healthcare company SRH had acquired the university in 2016, it has been able to attract significantly more students in the last three years. Now, two high-caliber personnel are joining the management team around the incumbent managing director, Dr. Dorothée Hofer.


The search committee, headed by the Chairman of the University Council, Dr. Jörg-Uwe Hahn, worked for a year to appoint suitable candidates for the positions of president and rector.


“EBS undoubtedly has huge potential. With these two personalities on board, I am convinced that we will be able to develop this potential even further in the future,” said Prof. Dr. Christof Hettich, Chief Executive Officer of SRH.


On Tuesday, Günther H. Oettinger, former Prime Minister and former EU Commissioner was elected President of EBS Universität by the University Council and confirmed by the Senate. With him, an experienced lawyer takes over one of the most important offices of the university. He starts subject to approval from Brussels in late summer this year. The corresponding notification has been initiated.


“EBS is an institution in the private education market. I am very much looking forward to my new position and would like to play my part in keeping EBS on track for success on its way to becoming a European champion. Initial talks with representatives of the University Council, the Senate, and the shareholder are a good foundation for this,” said Oettinger.


Alongside Oettinger, the position of Rector will also be filled: Prof. Dr. Martin Böhm, an internationally renowned candidate, has been recruited to lead the academic fortunes of the university as a rector. Böhm was also elected and confirmed by the University Council and Senate the day before yesterday. Böhm looks back on a long and successful career in the education sector; he is currently still working at IE University Madrid as Dean of the IE Business School.


“The unique combination of academic excellence and entrepreneurial thinking attracted me to the new position. As one of the first private universities in Germany, EBS has fundamentally changed and shaped the German education market over the past 50 years. It is now a matter close to my heart to further sharpen the academic as well as the international profile of EBS.” Böhm will also take office in late summer.

“I am very happy about the current developments at EBS and very much look forward to working with two such experienced and dedicated colleagues,” added Dr. Dorothée Hofer, managing director of EBS Universität.

Prof. Dr. Martin Böhm (future Rector of EBS), Dr. Dorothée Hofer (acting Managing Director of EBS), Günther H. Oettinger (future President of EBS) (f.l.t.r.)

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