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Chancellor Albrecht Ehlers


Albrecht Ehlers, born in 1957, has been Chancellor of TU Dortmund University since 2010. In this position, he is tasked with managing the university budget and carrying responsibility for the university administration.

An attorney and specialist in employment law, Ehlers received his law degree from the University of Münster. From 1984 to 1987, he was a research associate at the chair of Professor Dr. Peter Raisch at FernUniversität in Hagen and held various leadership positions in the private sector until 2009.

Albrecht Ehlers began his professional career in 1987 as an assistant to the Executive Board of Glunz AG / Sonae SA, one of the leading manufacturers of wood-based materials in Europe. There, he was in charge of various administrative and operative tasks and also acquired an international perspective by working in the United States. In 1996, he was appointed to the Executive Board of Glunz AG and served as its vice chairman as of 1998.  

In 2000, Albrecht Ehlers moved to Hochtief AG, Essen, one of the world’s leading construction service providers to become a member of the Executive Board. During his time at Hochtief AG until 2009 his responsibilities included the management of global human resources, group administration, and insurance as well as the supervision of the operative sectors of facility and energy management.

Albrecht Ehlers assumed the position of Chancellor of TU Dortmund University in May 2010. In October 2017, he was unanimously elected for a second term in office which will commence in May of 2018.

In addition to being head of the central university administration and being responsible for the budget, Albrecht Ehlers is particularly involved in the fields of transfer and international affairs as well as sustainability. Since 2016, for instance, he has been a member of the Executive Board of TU Dortmund University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship & Transfer as well as the chairman of the Supervisory Board of PROvendis, the agency marketing university patents in North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2012, he became a member of the Executive Board of the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism and chairman of the Board of Directors of the UA Ruhr Liaison Office in New York. Also in 2012, he launched a task force on sustainability which he continues to chair until today.

Albrecht Ehlers is also a member of various supervisory and advisory boards of private and public enterprises and organizations in Germany and abroad.


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Albrecht Ehlers

August-Schmidt-Str. 4

44227 Dortmund

Tel.: +49 (231) 755-7560
Fax: +49 (231) 755-7562



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