Professor Markus Bleich is the new Chairperson of the Academic and the Extended Senate at Kiel University (CAU). The physiologist was elected on Wednesday, 11 July in the determining meeting by both committees. He follows on from Professor Ulrich Lüning. The term of office lasts two years. Bleich (54) is Professor of Physiology and Director at the CAU’s Institute of Physiology. He studied medicine at the University of Freiburg. He was awarded the Venia Legendi in 1998 after his doctoral degree and postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation). He then led the Pharmacology department in the cardiovascular indication group of Aventis Pharma in Hoechst. Since 2004, Bleich has been Professor of Physiology and Director at the CAU’s Institute of Physiology. His deputy is Heinke Gier (62), a trained technical assistant who is Chairperson of the CAU’s Staff Council and works at the Leibniz Laboratory for Radiometric Dating and Stable Isotope Research in Kiel.
The (Extended) Academic Senate:
In accordance with the Higher Education Act (HSG), the Senate provides advice on matters relating to research, teaching and studies which affect the entire university or are of fundamental importance. It monitors the Management of the University Board, to the extent that this is not the University Council’s responsibility. It also makes decisions regarding the constitution and statutes, elects the President, Vice Presidents and the Chancellor. The Extended Senate has now been newly established. It elects the Equal Opportunity Commissioner, the Officer for Diversity, among others, or makes decisions on honours and distinctions.