Governing bodies

The University Board and the University Executive Board are the strategic and operative governing bodies at Bern University of Applied Sciences.

University Board

As the strategic governing body of Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH, the University Board is responsible to the Canton for the University’s positioning and profile. Based on the performance mandate from the cantonal government, it decides on the strategy and budget of BFH. The University Board monitors the application of the performance mandate and is responsible for budgetary compliance.

The University Board comprises seven members elected by the cantonal government (who are not part of BFH), the President, and one representative each from the teaching staff and the student body. In addition, the University Executive Board and the Education Department of Canton Bern each have an advisory representative on the committee.


Markus Ruprecht**

Director of the Stoppani Metal Systems AG


Stefan Gelzer**

Director of School of Design Bern and Biel


Prof. Dr. Sebastian Wörwag**

President of Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH, Bern

Monika Eichelberger-Gerber**

Head of Alterszentrum Baumgarten, Bettlach

Dr. Regula Gloor

Executive Board Member of the Gebr. Gloor AG, Burgdorf

Werner Luginbühl


President ELCom / Former council of States Canton Bern

Donald Vogt

Director/Executive Board Member of Marti Gesamtleistungen AG, Bern

Hans-Martin Wahlen

Entrepreneur, WAHU GmbH, Hilterfingen

Teaching staff representative

Prof. Dr. Anne Krauter Kellein

Lecturer, Bern University of the Arts HKB

Student representative

Fiona Weiracuh

Representative VSBFH

University Executive Board

Prof. Dr. Ute Seeling*

Director, HAFL

Canton Berne Education Department*

Astrid Furtwaengler

Director, Universities of Applied Sciences Section

​Representative of the Mid-Level Academic Staff, Administration and Services*

Dominik Füglistaller

Representative VMAD


Yves Abelin

Head of Legal Services, President's Office, Bern

* advisory representative
** Members of the committee of the University Board (additional member in advisory capacity: Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Riedi, ​​Deputy President, ​Director ​Social Work)

University Executive Board

The University Executive Board (UEB) is responsible for the operational business of Bern University of Applied Sciences and prepares decisions at a strategic level for the University Board. The members of the UEB are the President, the Administrative Director, and, in an advisory role, the Head of Communication and the General Secretary.


Prof. Dr. Sebastian Wörwag President



Prof. Dr. Urs Brügger

Director, Health Professions, Office Equal opportunities*

Prof. Dr. Corina Caduff

Vice-President Research

Prof. Peter Staub      

Director, Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering, Office Bilingualism an Multilingualism*

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kissling-Näf

Director, Business, Office Sustainable Development*

Dr. Urs Mäder

President, Swiss College of Sports Magglingen, Office Sport*

Prof. Dr. Raoul Waldburger

Director, Engineering and Information Technology,

Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Riedi

Deputy President, Director, Social Work

Prof. Dr. Ute Seeling

Director, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, Zollikofen, Office of Quality Development*

Prof. Dr. Jochen Schellinger

Vice-President Teaching

Felix Mäder

Administrative Director, Services

Claudia Meier **

General Secretary, President's Office

Sebastian Hueber **

Head of Communication, President's Office

*      Offices are allocated within the University Executive Board; each member is responsible for a section.
**    Advisory members without voting rights