Board of Directors

The board of directors of the booster association Alumni Freiburg e.V. is composed of the executive board of directors and the extended board of directors.

The executive board of directors currently consists of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Jochen Schiewer, who chairs our association by virtue of his office as rector of the university, as well as a deputy chair and a managing director, both of whom are elected from among the alumni. They are currently Dr. Dorothea Rüland (deputy chair) and Rudolf-Werner Dreier (managing director), respectively.

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Krieglstein

On 1st October 2020 the first female rector in the history of the University of Freiburg has assumed office: Kerstin Krieglstein had previously been rector at the University of Konstanz since 1st August 2018. She studied Chemistry and Pharmacy, completed her PhD at the University of Marburg in Pharmacology in 1990 and took her postdoctoral lecturing qualification in Anatomy and Cellular Biology at the University of Heidelberg in 1997. After holding chairs at the University of Göttingen and the University of the Saarland, in 2007 she took up the Chair of Anatomy at the University of Freiburg. In 2013 the Faculty of Medicine here elected her its first salaried dean. She held this post from 1st April 2014 until her move to Konstanz and was at the same time a member of the board of the Freiburg University Medical Center. In addition she has been a member of the German National Academy of Natural Sciences Leopoldina since 2007.

Dr. Dorothea Rüland
Deputy Chair

Dr. Dorothea Rüland, born in 1955, has served as deputy chair of Alumni Freiburg e.V. since 1 February 2013.
She studied history, German studies, and musicology at the University of Freiburg from 1974 to 1978, going on to earn her PhD in 1984 with a dissertation titled The Artist and Society: On the Libretti of the Young Richard Wagner. She received a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation while working on her PhD and also worked as a lector in England.
Since 1985 she has worked for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), among other things as a lector in Thailand. Later on she served five years as director of the DAAD branch office in Jakarta.
From 2004 to 2008 she was in charge of supraregional programs as deputy secretary general of the DAAD. From 2008 to 2010 she served as director of the Center for International Cooperation of the Free University of Berlin.
On 1 October 2010 she was appointed as secretary general of the DAAD. She is married and has four children.

Rudolf-Werner Dreier
Managing Director

Rudolf-Werner Dreier has training in broadcasting as well as a degree in German studies and history. He worked as a television journalist for Südwestfunk Baden-Baden after completing his studies.
Between 1983 an 2019 Dreier has held the position of director at the University of Freiburg’s Office of Public Relations. He has taught courses on public relations work as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Freiburg since 1989 and began establishing Alumni Freiburg in 1991. He has served as managing director of Alumni Freiburg e.V. since 1998.