New KIT Vice President:
As of 1 January 2011, Dr Elke Luise Barnstedt, former director at the Federal Constitutional Court, joins the Executive Board of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). As new vice president she will be responsible for Human Resources and Law. Changing jobs to the KIT also constitutes a return to her former place of action in a new role. In 1988, Elke Barnstedt joined the administration team at the former University of Karlsruhe and from December 1992 to September 1994 she was deputy to the then serving chancellor Dr Gerhard Selmayr. Elke Barnstedt now completes the Executive Board of the KIT as its sixth member. In addition to the presidents Professor Eberhard Umbach and Professor Horst Hippler, the Executive Board's other vice presidents are Professor Detlef Löhe (Research and Information), Dr Peter Fritz (Research and Innovation) and Dr Alexander Kurz (Finance and Business Affairs). Until now, Alexander Kurz was also in charge of Human Resources in a provisional capacity. This post now is taken over by Elke Barnstedt. Dr Elke Luise Barnstedt studied law at the University of Göttingen and earned her doctorate in 1988 after the second state law examination. During this time she worked at the Institute of Agricultural Legislation of the University of Göttingen and was a member of the academic staff holding the title of “Akademische Rätin” at the University of Osnabrück. In 1988, Barnstedt came to the former University of Karlsruhe and from December 1992 to September 1994 she was deputy chancellor. After her time at the University of Karlsruhe, she was appointed Chancellor of the University of Constance in October 1994. Since January 1999, Barnstedt has held the post of director at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe.