University Council

Overview of the development of the university

The University Council guides the university, takes on responsibility for strategic considerations and decides on plans for structure and development at the university. It also proposes measures that serve to enhance the university’s profile and further develop the university’s performance and competitive capacities. The University Council also supervises the management of the Rectorate.

Responsibilities, meeting dates and further information


Dr Alexandra Brand

Dr. Alexandra Brand
Dr. Alexandra Brand

Since 2018, Alexandra Brand has been appointed as Chief Sustainability Officer of Syngenta. Before, she has been Syngenta’s regional director of EAME’s (Europe, Africa and Middle East) crop protection and seed business. Previously, she held various positions in the BASF Group, including senior vice president of its global business unit Animal Nutrition, vice president of the Global Marketing Pharma Ingredients unit as well as the chief of staff for BASF’s chief executive officer.

Alexandra Brand began her professional career in global research at BASF. She studied chemistry at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, from 1990 to 1998 and completed her studies with a doctorate.

Dr Hansjörg Brem

Dr. Hansjörg Brem

Hansjörg Brem has been director of the archaeology office of the canton of Thurgau in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, since 2008. He has been working in Thurgau since 1996. He has active roles in various international projects and institutions, which include co-director of a major Interreg-IV project on erosion and preservation of historical monuments as well as director of a working group at the international Bodenseekonferenz (IBK) on the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Pfahlbauten (lake dwelling settlements). In this respect, collaboration with Baden-Württemberg in the field of cultural heritage preservation on and in the lake is particularly important to him.

Born in 1960, Hansjörg Brem studied classical archaeology, pre- and early history as well as medieval history until completing his doctorate in Zurich. Subsequently, he worked at the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as in various archaeological projects at home and abroad. From 1987 until 1993 he also worked in Konstanz. Hansjörg Brem spent a study abroad year at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma and completed further studies in public management at HSG St. Gallen. Teaching assignments at the universities of Zurich and Berne for numismatics complemented long-term research in this area.

From 2003 to 2012, Hansjörg Brem was a board member of the Swiss Archaeology association, which he chaired from 2006 to 2009. As a member of the Schulbehörde Frauenfeld (school office in Frauenfeld), he stays involved in public education. He is also a specialist in the ​​Cultural Heritage and Historical Monuments section for the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.

Professor Ute Frevert - Chair

Prof. Dr. Ute Frevert
Prof. Dr. Ute Frevert

Ute Frevert has taught Modern History in Berlin, Konstanz and Bielefeld. She was professor at Yale University from 2003 to 2007. Since January 2008, she has been director at the Berlin Max Planck Institute for Human Development where she leads the research area “Geschichte der Gefühle” (history of feelings).

Her core research areas: “Geschichte der Gefühle” (history of feelings), modern social and cultural history, gender history and modern history of politics. She was awarded the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 1998.

Professor Ulrike Landfester

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Landfester
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Landfester

Ulrike Landfester has been a professor of German language and literature at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) since 2003. Since 2011, she has been vice rector for international cooperation and regional extension. From April 2004 until March 2012, Ulrike Landfester was a member in the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), since 2008 the president of the Specialised Committee on International Co-operation in the SNSF, and since 2009 vice president of the Research Council in the SNSF. She also has represented the SNSF in the Standing Committee for the Humanities der European Science Foundation since 2006.

Ulrike Landfester was born in 1962 in Soltau, Lower Saxony and started studying archaeology and egyptology in Freiburg im Breisgau. She then studied modern German literature and medieval and English literature at the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) Munich, where, in 1993, she completed her doctorate on Goethe's early work. Thereafter she worked as a academic staff member at the universities of Marburg, Munich and Hamburg and completed her post-doctoral qualification (Habilitation) in 1998 with a research project on the political work of Bettina von Arnim, also at the LMU Munich. After working as a visiting professor at the universities of Frankfurt am Main and Vienna as well as filling in for Professor Dr Gerhart v. Graevenitz during his time as Rector of the University of Konstanz from 2001 to 2003, Ulrike Landfester was appointed in the spring of 2003 to a full professorship at the University of Frankfurt and in the same year at the University of St. Gallen (HSG).

Professor Wolfram Münch

Wolfram Münch studied physics, astronomy and mathematics in Heidelberg and Cambridge (UK), where he earned his doctorate in 1990. From 1990 to 2001, he held various positions in the “research and technology” unit of Daimler AG. Between 1991 and 2001, he also researched part-time at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, where he worked on ion-conduction mechanisms in solids. After earning his post-doctoral qualification (Habilitation) in 2000, he was given an extraordinary professorship at the University of Ulm in 2009.

Since 2001, he has been director of “research and development” at EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG ("Chief Science Officer") and managing director of the Stiftung Energieforschung Baden-Württemberg (energy research foundation of Baden-Württemberg). He works in the field of energy research in numerous advisory boards and committees of foundations, associations, research institutes and institutions of higher education.

Ursula Schwarzenbart - Deputy Chair

Ursula Schwarzenbart
Ursula Schwarzenbart

Ursula Schwarzenbart is Chief Diversity Officer at Daimler AG and heads the human resources Center of Competence. As such, she is responsible for recruiting new staff and for promoting and training the company’s next generation of managers. By merging diversity management with its human resources department, Ms Schwarzenbart strives to ensure staff diversity and to work towards a modern business culture that thrives on mutual trust and transparency - an essential basis for the company’s future success.

From 1999 until 2005, Ursula Schwarzenbart was director of the human resources department for Mercedes-Benz passenger car development. Between 1995 and 1998, she led a change-management process project based at the company’s largest plant in Sindelfingen, which sought to increase efficiency and secure competitiveness by training and advising the managerial staff.

Ursula Schwarzenbart studied educational science at the University of Tübingen, where she received her Diplom (German academic degree) in 1988. In 1989, after completing her degree, she began working for Daimler AG and held various positions within the human resources department. Here, she was responsible for implementing the very first comprehensive performance and talent management system, designed to utilise the company’s global talent as efficiently as possible.

As a co-founder of the German “Charta der Vielfalt” (diversity charter), she champions diversity in business and society. The active professional advancement of women is particularly dear to her heart. By 2020, Daimler wants 20% of its senior managers to be women. Ursula Schwarzenbart is on the managing board of the Global Summit of Women and supports various NGOs.

Managing director

Cornelia Oesterhaus

Cornelia Oesterhaus
Cornelia Oesterhaus

Main office of the University Council and Head of the Rectorate Office

Advisory members