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07/10/2024 | Pressemitteilung

Sonja Buckel and Michael Wachendorf confirmed in office

The extended Senate of the University of Kassel today (July 10) confirmed Prof. Dr. Sonja Buckel as Vice President and Prof. Dr. Michael Wachendorf as Vice President. Their term of office is thus extended until the end of September 2027.

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The entire Executive Board with (from left) Prof. Dr. René Matzdorf, President Prof. Dr. Ute Clement, Prof. Dr. Sonja Buckel, Prof. Dr. Michael Wachendorf and Chancellor Dr. Oliver Fromm.

University President Prof. Dr. Clement had nominated Buckel and Wachendorf for election and thanked them for their willingness to continue to work for the development of the university on the Executive Board of the University of Kassel.

Agricultural scientist Wachendorf (61) has been Vice President for Research since 2021. "He has succeeded in establishing close cooperation in his own discipline between those universities in Hesse that conduct research in this field. We expect this to help shape the agricultural revolution in Germany with scientific impetus in the future. At the same time, Michael Wachendorf is characterized by the fact that he effortlessly looks beyond the boundaries of his subject. In recent years, he has rendered outstanding services to the definition of our research priorities and the creation of important foundations, for example in research data management. I look forward to working with him to further internationalize and diversify our research."

Buckel (54), a political scientist and lawyer, has been Vice President for Graduate Support, Gender Equality and Communication, also since 2021. The President said: "Sonja Buckel has worked hard to develop a concept and a unit for degree program marketing at the University of Kassel. In the coming year at the latest, when the sustainability degree programs are launched in the context of our Kassel Institute for Sustainability, it will be of central importance for us to draw attention to this offer nationwide. She has also developed a clever program to facilitate the transition between Master's and doctorate for those interested in a career in science, and she has set a new focus on diversity in equal opportunities work."

In addition to Ute Clement, Sonja Buckel and Michael Wachendorf, the Executive Board also includes the Vice President for Studies and Teaching, Prof. Dr. René Matzdorf, and the Chancellor, Dr. Oliver Fromm. According to the Hessian Higher Education Act, the extended Senate is responsible for electing the President and Vice-Presidents. It consists of the 17 elected members of the Senate and their likewise elected deputies.


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