People - 06.06.2016 - 00:00 

New appointments to the University’s Board of Governors

The Cantonal Parliament has appointed new University Governors. The new members of the eleven-strong supreme organ of the University of St.Gallen (HSG) are Kurt Hollenstein, Stefan Werner Kuhn and Yvonne Suter.

7 June 2016. In its June session, the St.Gallen Cantonal Parliament newly appointed the University’s Board of Governors. The ex officio Chairman of the HSG’s supreme organ for the 2016-2020 term of office is Education Minister Stefan Kölliker. The previous members of the Board of Governors Silvia Bietenharder-Kuenzle, Hildegard Fässler, Karl Güntzel, Martin Huser, Ruth Metzler-Arnold, Thomas Scheitlin and Patrick Stach were reappointed.

Three new members

The new appointments to the University’s Board of Governors are Kurt Hollenstein, Stefan Werner Kuhn and Yvonne Suter. Kurt Hollenstein, Dr. sc. techn. ETH, is an engineer specialising in structural improvements and the CEO of NatRisk GmbH in Uznach. He was proposed by the Social Democrat/Green parliamentary group. Stefan Werner Kuhn, lic. oec. HSG, is an entrepreneur as well as the owner, Chairman and CEO of K+D AG in St.Gallen. He was proposed by the Liberal Democrats. Yvonne Suter, lic. rer. publ. HSG, is a cantonal MP (Christian Popular Party) from Rapperswil-Jona, as well as Director and Head of Sustainable Investment at Credit Suisse. She was proposed by the Christian Popular Party/Green Liberal Party parliamentary group.

A thank-you to the previous members

The previous University Governors Sally Gschwend-Fisher, René Romanin and Peter Schorer (Vice-Chairma) completed their last term of office on 31 May 2016. The University of St.Gallen would like to thank these previous members of the University’s Board of Governors for their outstanding commitment. Sally Gschwend-Fisher, B.A., was appointed to the Board of Governors as from 1 July 2000. With her Swiss-American dual nationality, she was actively interested in issues connected with the internationalisation of the University, and she was involved in the international contacts of the University’s Board of Governors. Her activities at the University of Zurich enabled her to introduce valuable experience. Thanks to her political involvement as a former cantonal MP from the southern part of the Canton, she was able to make a crucial contribution towards the establishment of the HSG’s roots in the region.

René Romanin, Business Economist HWV, was appointed University Governor as from 1 January 1996. He was able to benefit the University with his varied and long-standing political experience and, thanks to his network, to move many a HSG concern towards political breakthrough. Owing to his entrepreneurial experience, the University’s strategic orientation was particularly close to his heart. In addition, he was strongly committed to the HSG’s regional roots and its benefit for the population.

Peter Schorer, Dr. iur., was appointed a member of the Board of Governors as from 1 January 1996 and was its Vice-Chairman from 1 June 2012 to 31 May 2016. The HSG’s autonomy with a clear focus as a business university was particularly close to Schorer’s heart. He made use of his experience in active politics with diplomatic skill for the great benefit of the University. Because of his many years of activity and experience, he was also a valuable and sought-after adviser to the HSG’s executive bodies.

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