The Language Center Board of Trustees
The Language Center Board of Trustees is the supervisory body of the Language Center. It is responsible for strategic planning, in consultation with the Center’s Director. The ten-member Board of Trustees consists of six voting members and four non-voting members.
The six voting members on the board are three University of Zurich representatives and three ETH Zurich representatives; each is elected for a period of two years by the Extended Executive Board of the University of Zurich and the Executive Board of ETH Zurich, respectively. One the three members from each institute represents the interests of the executive board of their institute. Members can be re-elected.
The non-voting members ex officio are the Head of the Division of Educational Development of the Office of the Vice President for Arts and Social Sciences of the University of Zurich; a member of the ETH Rector’s Staff; and the Language Center Director. The Language Center lecturers elect a representative for a two-year term. The representative can be re-elected.
The Board of Trustees determines its rules of procedure. Where possible, the Chair alternates between a voting member from the University of Zurich and a voting member from ETH Zurich.
The Board of Trustees meets at least twice a year. It has a quorum when at least half of the voting members are present. Decisions are based on a simple majority vote. When a vote is tied, the Chair has the casting vote. In urgent cases, resolutions can be passed by circulation, provided that at least three quarters of voting members cast their vote.
The preparation of business is the responsibility of the Chair, in collaboration with the Board’s Executive Committee and the Language Center Director.
The Board of Trustees makes the final and binding decision on
a) The appointment and dismissal of the Director.
b) The terms of employment for lecturers and other teaching staff
The Board of Trustees makes all decisions, for submission to the Executive Boards of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, regarding
a) The development and financial plans
b) Annual budgets
c) Changes to the statutes
d) The framework for setting course fees and other charges
e) Regulations regarding compulsory fees
(Statutes of the Language Center of UZH and ETH Zurich, § 5 Board of Trustees, amended on 23 August 2010. NB: The German version is the legally binding version)
PresidentProf. Dr. Johannes Kabatek, Institute of Romance Studies
Representatives of the University of ZurichProf. Dr. Johannes Kabatek, Institute of Romance Studies
Prof. Dr. Christoph Riedweg, Classics Department
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Siegert, Representative of the Executive Board, Vice President for Arts and Social Sciences
Representatives of ETH ZurichProf. Dr. Josef Zeyer, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics (IBP)
Prof. Dr. Paolo Ermanni, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education
Prof. Dr. Andreas Kilcher, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, ETH Zurich
Non-voting MembersDr. Ulvi Doguoglu, Office of the Vice President for Arts and Social Sciences, UZH
Dr. Christoph Niedermann (interimistisch bis April 2018),
Dr. Wendy Altherr (ab 1. Mai 2018), Bereich Rektorin ETH
Dr. Sabina Schaffner, Language Center Director
lic. Phil. Christine Martinez, representative of the Language Center teaching staff