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. Dr. h.c.                        Hans-Jochen Schiewer

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Jochen Schiewer has served as rector of the University of Freiburg since October 2008.
Schiewer was born in Berlin in 1955. He studied German studies and history at the Free University of Berlin (FU). After completing the state teaching examination, he worked as a lecturer in the area of medieval German literature at the FU and wrote his dissertation on the Black Forest Sermons (1990, with a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation). He completed his habilitation thesis, titled People at Court: Model Functions and Relations in the Court Literature of the 12th and Early 13th Centuries (1998, with a grant from the German Research Foundation), thanks to a fellowship in Oxford. From 2001 to 2003 Schiewer held a chair in Göttingen; since 2004 he has served as professor for medieval German literature and language at the University of Freiburg. He is the 1st chair of the Deutscher Germanistenverband (DGV).
Schiewer’s experience in university administration includes a five-year stint as dean of the Faculty of Philology (2003–2008) and service as representative of the Rectorate for the Excellence Initiative and as an elected member of the Senate (both starting in 2006). From April to September 2008 he was vice president for academic affairs and Vice Rector and from May on acting rector of the university.
His research interests include transmission and reception history as well as literary topography in the literature of the 14th and 15th centuries and in religious literature (especially the sermon and mysticism). He has also published scholarship on early medieval literature as well as romance and the history of the courts as cultural centers.
In 2007 Schiewer received the medal of the Academic Society of the University of Freiburg for his outstanding service within the context of Freiburg’s successful application as an Excellence University.

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.
Since 1983 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.