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Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger elected as WU’s new Rector

In today’s meet­ing, the WU Uni­versity Board, by un­an­im­ous vote, elec­ted Pro­fessor Edel­traud Hanap­pi-Eg­ger as WU’s new Rector for the period from Oc­to­ber 1, 2015, to Septem­ber 30, 2019. Pro­fessor Hanap­pi-Eg­ger will suc­ceed Chris­toph Badelt, who has led WU for many years with great suc­cess. She will be the first fe­male Rector in WU’s 117-year his­tory.

In today’s meet­ing, the WU Uni­versity Board, by un­an­im­ous vote, elec­ted Pro­fessor Edel­traud Hanap­pi-Eg­ger as WU’s new Rector for the period from Oc­to­ber 1, 2015, to Septem­ber 30, 2019. Pro­fessor Hanap­pi-Eg­ger will suc­ceed Chris­toph Badelt, who has led WU for many years with great suc­cess. She will be the first fe­male Rector in WU’s 117-year his­tory.

The Uni­versity Board be­lieves that as a ded­ic­ated re­searcher with ex­tens­ive ex­per­i­ence in the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional aca­demic en­vir­on­ment and in­tim­ate know­ledge of WU’s spe­cific goals and chal­lenges, Pro­fessor Hanap­pi-Eg­ger has everything it takes to lead the uni­versity in the fu­ture. “The newly elec­ted fu­ture Rector has not only a strong desire to shape the fu­ture devel­op­ment of WU, but also enough in­teg­rat­ive strength to lead this large in­sti­tu­tion. WU is home to 2,100 em­ploy­ees per­form­ing many dif­fer­ent jobs and to 22,000 stu­dents. Pro­fessor Hanap­pi-Eg­ger’s valu­able work and her com­mit­ment to WU have earned her strong sup­port from the Uni­versity com­munity. I be­lieve this is an im­port­ant as­set and a very solid basis for WU’s suc­cess­ful fu­ture devel­op­ment,” Bri­gitte Jilka, Chair of the Uni­versity Board, said about the elec­tion res­ult.

The Uni­versity Board elec­ted the new Rector on the basis of a short­l­ist of three can­did­ates drawn up by the Search Com­mit­tee and ap­proved by the WU Sen­ate on Janu­ary 14. The short­l­ist in­cluded the fol­low­ing can­did­ates (in al­pha­bet­ical order): Edel­traud Hanap­pi-Eg­ger, Bernd J. Hoe­fer, and Ada Pellert.

The Uni­versity Board would like to thank all of the highly qual­i­fied can­did­ates for their bids and for par­ti­cip­at­ing in the se­lec­tion pro­cess. The Board would also like to ex­press its grat­it­ude to all those who con­trib­uted to the pro­fes­sion­ally ex­ecuted and thor­ough se­lec­tion pro­cess, par­tic­u­larly the mem­bers of the WU Sen­ate and Sen­ate Chair Helmut Strasser.

About Edel­traud Hanap­pi-Eg­ger

Edel­traud Hanap­pi-Eg­ger com­pleted her doc­toral de­gree in com­puter sciences at the Vi­enna Uni­versity of Tech­no­logy (TU Wien) and Stock­holm Uni­versity. She spent re­search peri­ods in Toronto and Oslo, among other places, and re­ceived a fel­low­ship from the Aus­trian Academy of Sciences from 1993-1996. She ob­tained her hab­il­it­a­tion in ap­plied com­puter sciences from the Vi­enna Uni­versity of Tech­no­logy in 1996. In Oc­to­ber 2002, she be­came Pro­fessor of Gender & Di­versity in Or­gan­iz­a­tions at WU, where she also heads the in­sti­tute of the same name. Edel­traud Hanap­pi-Eg­ger has ex­tens­ive ex­per­i­ence in man­age­ment and lead­er­ship pos­i­tions: She served as Chair of the WU Sen­ate from 2006 to 2009, was a mem­ber of the Uni­versity Board of the Graz Uni­versity of Tech­no­logy in the 2008-2013 period, and chaired WU’s De­part­ment of Man­age­ment from 2012 to 2014. She also holds a Jean Mon­net Chair awar­ded by the EU.

Bri­gitte Jilka, Chair of the WU Uni­versity Board

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