Rector of Vienna University of Economics and Business to Join CEU’s Board of Trustees

June 25, 2019

The Board of Trustees of Central European University is delighted to announce that Professor Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger has been unanimously elected to the Board, CEU’s highest decision-making body. The appointment begins on June 23, 2019 for a period of four years, renewable twice.

The Rector of Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) since 2015, Professor Hanappi-Egger was the university’s first female professor for Gender and Diversity in Organizations. She received her doctorate in informatics from TU Wien (TUW), followed by numerous research stays abroad in Stockholm, Toronto and Oslo, among other places. Hanappi-Egger has over 350 publications in the field of gender/diversity in organizations to her name, has spent time at numerous international research institutions (including LSE and McGill University) and has held the EU Jean Monnet Chair. She is a member of numerous international academic networks, supervisory boards and consulting bodies.

“Universities are extremely important for society. Their task is to generate fact-based knowledge, free from ideologies and polemics, and they play an important role in a well-functioning democracy. It is precisely for this reason that universities may come to be perceived as a threat, as the case of CEU has shown us,” said WU Vienna Rector Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, adding that: ”It’s a great honor for me to be appointed to the Board of Trustees of this renowned university, and I’m looking forward to contributing to CEU’s success in this position. I’m also happy that CEU has found a new home here in Vienna.”

Chair of the Board of Trustees and President of Bard College, Leon Botstein, said: “The Trustees and I are delighted to welcome Professor Hanappi-Egger to the Board. Highly distinguished as both an academic and researcher and as a university president, Edeltraud has fantastic experience on which to draw to bring new insight to the Board and to help shape CEU’s future as it establishes itself in Vienna.”