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 members of University Board are seven persons elected by the cantonal government who are not members of the board. In addition, the Rector, one representative each of the lecturers, students, academic staff and assistants, the board management and the Directorate of Education and Culture take part in its meetings in an advisory capacity.


Markus Ruprecht* (President)

Director Stoppani Metal Systems AG

Donald Vogt* (Vice-President)                                                  

Managing Director/Board of Directors Marti Gesamtleistungen AG
Thomas Bernhard* Director Haag-Streit Holding AG

Dr. med. Daniela Wiest

Director Spitäler fmi AG

Christian Wasserfallen

National Council

Matthias Zurbuchen

Director Bern Technical College
Michael Lüthi Director SANITIZED AG


Meeting participants with an advisory vote:

President of Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Wörwag

President of Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH, Bern

Teaching staff representative

Caroline Pulver

Lecturer, Social Work

Student representative

Anik Müller 

Student AHB

Representation of the scientific staff and assistants:

Tim Lerch 

Research Associate, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL

University Executive Board

Prof. Dr. Thomas Beck

Director Hochschule der Künste Bern HKB

Canton Berne Education Department

Astrid Furtwaengler

Director, Universities of Applied Sciences Section


Yves Abelin

Head of Legal Services, President's Office, Bern

* Members of the committee of the University Board (also present in an advisory capacity: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Wörwag, Rector and Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Riedi, Deputy Rector / 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. Thomas Beck Director School of Arts
Prof. Dr. Klazine van der Horst

Director Health Professions

Prof. Dr. Corina Caduff

Vice-President Research

Prof. Peter Staub      

Director Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kissling-Näf

Director Business School

Dr. Urs Mäder *

President Swiss College of Sports Magglingen

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

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

*   Advisory members without voting rights