The University Council of Friedrich Schiller University Jena has unanimously re-elected Prof. Dr Walter Rosenthal for a second term as President. Before the vote on 7 June 2019, the Senate expressed its confidence in Prof. Rosenthal.
“Walter Rosenthal has accomplished a lot in the last five years. In his first term, the work of the Executive Board has been marked by the expansion of top-level international research, together with the constant consolidation of teaching quality,” said Prof. Dr Wolfgang Marquardt, chair of the University Council, after the vote. “A very visible achievement, for example, was when Jena University researchers obtained funding for the Cluster of Excellence ‘Balance of the Microverse’. We know that the University is in good hands with Professor Rosenthal as regards safeguarding the achievements to date and developing them further. The Senate and the University Council have therefore decided unanimously to re-elect him.”
Following his re-election, Rosenthal stressed that he would continue to count on the university community when shaping the future. “The confidence shown in me is much appreciated and it is also an inspiration. The task now is to improve further the basic conditions for research and teaching, attract the best minds to Jena, and maintain student numbers. In addition, it is my intention to enhance the University’s visibility by further intensifying cooperation with regional, national and international Partners from academia, industry and society.”
Rosenthal was first elected President in 2014. His six-year term will now be extended by a further six years from October 2020. As President of the University of Jena, he is chair of the Executive Board and he represents the University to the outside world. Since September 2018, Rosenthal has also been chair of the Thuringian Conference of Ministers-President and he is active on boards of various research institutes and foundations.
Walter Rosenthal was born in Siegen, North Rhine-Westphalia, in 1954. He studied Medicine at the University of Giessen and the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, in London. He obtained his PhD in Giessen in 1983. After research work in Heidelberg, Houston (Texas), and Berlin, he gained his post-doctoral qualification (Habilitation) in Pharmacology from the Free University of Berlin in 1990. As a recipient of a Heisenberg grant and Visiting Professor, Rosenthal then did research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (Texas). From 1993 to 1998, he was Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Giessen. In 1996, he became Director of the Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology in Berlin. From 1998 to 2003, he held a professorship at the Free University of Berlin and subsequently a professorship at the Charité university hospital in Berlin. In January 2009, he became chair of the Foundation Executive Board and Scientific Director of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin-Buch, which is a major research facility of the Helmholtz Association. Since October 2014, Walter Rosenthal has been President of Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. He is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Academy of Sciences for the Common Good in Erfurt.