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Prof. Manfred Lahnstein Re-Elected Chairman of University’s Board of Governors

The Board of Governors of the University re-elected Prof. Manfred Lahnstein as its chairman as the first order of business of the Board’s 32nd Meeting on June 1.
“Thank you for giving me this opportunity,” he said in response to the vote. “I love my country [Germany], I love Israel,” he declared movingly.
“Our duty is to look ahead,” he told the Governors. “The microcosm of the University of Haifa shows what Israel can and wants to be. Our aim is to consolidate an academic community based on mutual respect, much more than tolerance.”
Referring to the amendments to the University constitution mandated by the government and required of all the country’s universities, the Chairman commented that the end of the amending process would lead to improved levels of efficiency and “open a new page in the history of the University.” As for formulating the amendments, he advised, “Let us do so in a spirit of friendship and commitment.”
The 67-year-old Lahnstein, a former Federal Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Germany, serves as chairman of the board of trustees of Germany’s Zeit Foundation. He is also president of the German-Israel Society. He was first elected Chairman of the University’s Board of Governors in May 2001.
Following a government career, where he rose from Trade Union Secretary to Head of the Federal Chancellor’s Office and then Minister, he joined the media giant Bertelsmann. He was a member of the corporation’s Executive Board and president of its Electronic Media Division. He has also served as a special representative of the Board of Bertelsmann, one of the world’s largest publishers.
Lahnstein was born in Erkrath in the Rhineland district of Germany. He was educated at the University of Cologne, where he received a degree in Business Administration. The author of numerous articles and three books, he is active academically as well as in the business/financial world, serving as Professor for Cultural Management at the University for Music and Theater in Hamburg.
Among other activities, he is a member of the Trilateral Commission and serves on the supervisory and advisory boards of Hansa Treuhand, which deals in containership financing; Korn/Ferry Europe; and Thalia Theater Hamburg.
The University’s Board of Governors Chairman is married, has two children, and three grandchildren. His wife Sonja is president of the German Friends of the University.


In This Issue:

Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze'ev, a Philosopher, Is Elected President Says Social Responsibility Should Be a Strategic Goal for the University

President Hayuth’s Last Report to Governors: ‘I leave behind me … a University that is well equipped, financially and academically, to meet the challenges ahead’

Prof. Manfred Lahnstein Re-Elected Chairman of University’s Board of Governors

Executive Committee Approves New Vice-Presidents

University Confers Honorary Doctorate on Lord Jacobs, Sammy Ofer, Prof. Bernard Cohen, and Yitzhak Ben-Aharon

Jacobs Building Dedicated

Sammy and Aviva Ofer Observation Gallery Dedicated

Kluger Building Dedicated

Honorary Fellow Bestowed on Alex Samuel

Hatter, Fraenkel, and Recanati Fellowships Awarded

Guy Bar-Oz, a Zooarcheologist, Awarded Dusty Miller Fellowship

Werner Otto Fellowships

Beijing and Haifa Cooperate to Help the Aged Tsinghua University Hosts UH Contingent

Prof. David Kushner: Expert on Turkey Reflects on His Cairo Assignment



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