People - 16.06.2016 - 00:00 

New Executive Director of the HSG appointed

On application by the Senate, the University’s Board of Governors has appointed Dr. Bruno Hensler as Executive Director of the University of St.Gallen (HSG). The present Headmaster of the Disentis Abbey School will take office on 1 February 2017.

17 June 2016. Dr. Bruno Hensler studied Business Administration and was subsequently awarded a Doctor’s degree in Economic Sciences by the University of St.Gallen. In addition to his extensive teaching activities, he complemented his competencies in the field of education with a Diploma in Business Education at the HSG.

Since 2011, Bruno Hensler has been Headmaster of the Disentis Abbey School. In this position, he has been responsible for the strategic and operative repositioning of this reputable educational institution, its cost and revenue management and the further development of the infrastructure of building and IT. In this way, he has extended his entrepreneurial and HR management experience in a highly demanding, nationally and increasingly internationally oriented organisation. In his function as Headmaster, he is also a member of the executive board of the abbey.

On the strength of his proven range of experience, his broad and sound education and his academic background, Bruno Hensler has a profile which anticipates both the challenges faced by a modern and service-oriented administration and an academic environment. He is 47 years old and married with two children. He and his family will move into the region.

Professionally supervised recruiting process

In connection with the succession of the position of the Executive Director, the University Management formulated a job profile, which was approved by the Board of Governors. The position of an Executive Director was advertised in early 2016 on the basis of that job profile. The recruiting process was supervised by an external executive search firm.

The advertisement attracted more than 50 applications. Of these, eight were considered in more detail, and three of them ultimately reached the shortlist. During the application process, the applicants were subjected to a process involving a selection and a comparison between various competence profiles. In the course of three rounds of interviews, one candidate clearly rose to the top with regard to both specialist qualifications and competence profile.

Acting Executive Director

On application by the Senate, the University’s Board of Governors has appointed Dr. Bruno Hensler as the new Executive Director, who is also a member of the President’s Board. He will take office on 1 February 2017. Stefan Schneider, Head of Finance, will continue as Acting Executive Director until that time. The University Management would like to thank him for his excellent work to date and for his additional commitment to the HSG.

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