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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.
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
Jacobs University Bremen Board of Governors

As of: February 2021

Tim Cordßen-Ryglewski (Chairman of the Board of  Governors )
Chairman of the Executive Board of the Verein zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung in der Freien Hansestadt Bremen e.V.

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

Prof. Dorothee Dzwonnek
Former Secretary of State and Secretary-General, German
Research Foundation (DFG) 2007 – 2018

Rainer Köttgen
Chairman of the Board Reimar Lüst Stiftung, retired State Secretary to the Senator for Education and Science Bremen, 1999-2006

Ulrike Riedel
Member of the Board of Management and Labor Relations Director BLG LOGISTICS GROUP AG & Co. KG, Bremen

Dr. Philipp Rösler
Member of the supervisory boards of various listed companies, including Siemens Healthineers AG and the energy supplier Fortum, former Vice-Chancellor of Germany

Stefan Rustler
Jacobs Alumnus, Class of 2012, President Jacobs University Bremen Alumni Association e.V., Consultant Accenture Analytics, Zurich

Professor Dr. Gerold Wefer
founder and former director of MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences of the University of Bremen

Prof. Dr. E. Jürgen Zöllner
Executive Board, Stiftung Charité, Berlin and former Chairman of Board of Governors