Last April, the University of Tübingen elected its first female rector as Professor Karla Pollmann succeeds Professor Bernd Engler. Karla Pollmann, who was born in Tübingen and studied at the university, was Professor of Classics and Theology at the University of Bristol in 2018-2022, where she was also Dean of the Faculty of Arts. Pollmann is Honorary Professor at the University of Aarhus and at the University of Stellenbosch, as well as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Green College, University of British Columbia.
Prof. Pollmann’s international academic background is paralleled by that of Professor Sebastian Schütze, who succeeds Heinz W. Engl as the University of Vienna’s new rector. Having received his doctorate from the Free University of Berlin, Schütze held positions in Berlin, the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome and Queens’ University in Kingston. He became Professor of Modern Art History at the University of Vienna in 2009, and in 2018 he was elected Dean of the Faculty of History and Cultural Studies.
“In Bernd Engler and Heinz Engl, we are losing two rectors of The Guild’s first hour. They have been instrumental in enabling their universities to flourish and be recognised among Europe’s finest universities. They have also been staunchly committed to The Guild, making seminal contributions to what we have become. Through Karla Pollmann and Sebastian Schütze, I look forward to the continuing commitment of both universities, and the leadership of both rectors through our General Assembly,” Jan Palmowski, Secretary-General of The Guild, commented.
3 October 2022