Head of Administration of the FernUniversität in Hagen
Birgit Rimpo-Repp has been the Head of Administration at the FernUniversität in Hagen since October 2019. She has extensive experience in university management, most recently as the Chancellor of Furtwangen University.
After studying mineralogy at the Technical University of Clausthal, Birgit Rimpo-Repp gained her first professional experience working as the personal assistant to the president of TU Clausthal from 1990 onwards. She held further professional posts at the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe, the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt, and the University of Education in Ludwigsburg, where she was also elected as the Women’s Representative (equivalent to today’s Commissioner for Equal Opportunities).
In 2000, Rimpo-Repp took over the management of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Kiel University (CAU). She headed the Dean’s Office, including the examination offices, and also served as vice chair of the senate, and also held a number of other positions. While working in cross-faculty working groups, she helped to prepare for the introduction of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs during the Bologna reform process and was instrumental in the implementation of a campus management system. In addition to her work at the university, she also volunteered in local politics in Kiel.
In 2014, Birgit Rimpo-Repp was appointed President of Furtwangen University, a post which she held until September 2019. While there, she introduced numerous digital administrative processes and, in collaboration with other universities, worked towards the introduction of an SAP campus management system, a move aimed at standardizing administrative processes. She also played a lead role in campus development planning for the university’s Schwenningen site.
Birgit Rimpo-Repp has been involved in various higher education policy committees at both state and national level for over 15 years. She was a member of the board of the Chancellors’ Conference of the Universities of Applied Sciences in Baden-Württemberg and worked in the extended Federal Executive Board of the Chancellors of the Universities of Applied Sciences. From 2014 to 2018, she was also a member of the University Council of the University of Koblenz-Landau.