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University of Bayreuth, Press Release No. 097/2023, 05.07.2023

Dr. Michael Waasner appointed to the Board of Trustees of the University of Bayreuth

Since 1 July 2023, Dr Michael Waasner, President of the Upper Franconian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and entrepreneur, has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Bayreuth. 

Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible presents Dr. Michael Waasner with the certificate of admission to the Board of Trustees in the presence of Heribert Trunk (from left). Photo: Olga Gassan

The members of the Board of Trustees are appointed by the University Management for a period of five years. The Board of Trustees has the task of representing the University's interests in public and advising it in its work. Now Dr. Michael Waasner has been appointed as a new member of the board by the university management.

"Dr. Michael Waasner has the best connections in the Upper Franconian economy and therefore brings a lot of expertise to our Board of Trustees," says Heribert Trunk, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "His entrepreneurial mindset and years of experience as the head of a family business will also pay off for the university."

Dr. Michael Waasner, who hails from Forchheim, is head of the family business Gebr. Waasner Elektrotechnische Fabrik GmbH there, which produces electrical sheet metal for well-known companies in the electrical industry as well as for car manufacturers.

"I am very pleased that I will be able to participate in the Board of Trustees of the University of Bayreuth in the future. I feel very connected to the region and especially to science as well as to the education of the next generation of academics," says Dr. Michael Waasner. Dr Waasner has been President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) of Upper Franconia in Bayreuth since last year.

"Digitalisation and demographic change are important topics for the IHK in Upper Franconia and for us as a university. I am therefore very pleased that with Dr Michael Waasner we have now also been able to win over a fellow campaigner for the interests of the university who already has these topics on his agenda at an economic level," says Prof Dr Stefan Leible, President of the University of Bayreuth.

The Board of Trustees of the University of Bayreuth was founded in 2013. The board of trustees includes 20 personalities from business, culture and politics.

Jennifer Opel

Jennifer Opel (on maternity/parental leave)Deputy Press & PR Manager

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