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18.10.2018 – 15:29

Technische Universität München

Thomas Hofmann elected as TUM's new President


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Thomas Hofmann elected as TUM's new President

Experienced university manager and acclaimed scientist takes the helm at Technical University of Munich

The Board of Trustees of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has elected Prof. Thomas Hofmann (50) as the new President of TUM. The experienced university manager has held the position of Senior Vice President Research and Innovation at TUM since 2009. He made a significant contribution to TUM's success in the Excellence Initiative, especially in developing the internationally acclaimed "TUM Faculty Tenure Track" recruitment and career system. Under his guidance, TUM also became Germany's top university for the establishment of start-ups. The holder of the Chair of Food Chemistry and Molecular Sensory Science has received multiple awards for his research and teaching. On October 1, 2019, Hofmann will take over from Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, whose far-reaching reforms in his 23-year tenure saw TUM rise to international top level.

Yesterday's vote by the Board of Trustees elected Prof. Thomas Hofmann to the six-year presidential term starting October 1, 2019. TUM's Board of Trustees is made up of ten elected members of the Senate and ten external members from the worlds of science, business and politics.

"The Board of Trustees has succeeded in winning an internationally acclaimed scientist and experienced university manager as the next president of TUM. I am delighted about the nomination of Professor Thomas Hofmann and look forward to working with him," says Prof. Otmar Wiestler, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and President of the Helmholtz Association.

Success in the German Excellence Initiative

When he assumes his new office, Thomas Hofmann will have spent ten years in the role of Senior Vice President in charge of research and innovation. TUM has achieved several outstanding successes in this time, notably in the