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Bernhard Schreier New Honorary Senator of the University of Heidelberg

12 September 2007

Yesterday the Senate of the University of Heidelberg resolved to confer the status of Honorary Senator on the CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

"By conferring the title of Honorary Senator on Bernhard Schreier, the University pays tribute to one of the outstanding entrepreneurial personalities of the Rhine-Neckar area,” said Rector Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff yesterday in the Senate. The assembly had agreed to bestow this honour on the CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

Bernhard Schreier (b. 1954 in Heidelberg) obtained his mechanical engineering degree in 1978 at Mannheim’s University of Cooperative Education, since which time he has been in the employ of the Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. After a variety of different posts within the company, both in Germany and elsewhere, he became a member of the board of managing directors in 1995 and CEO in 1999. Despite the international expansion of the company he has always been acutely aware of the responsibility for the German location and has invested in it accordingly.

"Herr Schreier has played a crucial role in making the world’s leading printing press company into a solution-provider for the print media industry worldwide, operating at the cutting edge of present-day technology in the field,” said the Rector. "He has devoted his energies to the company since his training days, a period of about 32 years in all. In 2000 the Print Media Academy was inaugurated to mark the 150th anniversary of the company. The declared aim of the Academy is to keep pace with the changing conditions and tasks confronting this branch of industry. This is an aim that has figured prominently in all Bernhard Schreier’s activities. In his view, every company also has a major responsibility to bear in connection with education issues.”

Prof. Hommelhoff went on to praise the commitment displayed by Bernhard Schreier to his work on the board of the University of Heidelberg Foundation, whose chairman he became in 2001. He was also one of the seven founder members of the Friends of Heidelberg University Society, established in 2003 as the legal successor of the Heidelberg University Society and the Friends of Heidelberg University Association. Here again his commitment has been "unflagging”. With Prof. Ritterhaus and Prof. Kirchhof he redrafted its research and student support provisions and has been chairman of the society from the outset. "In this capacity Herr Schreier has invariably sought close cooperation with the University,” the Rector said. "Alongside his indefatigable efforts to win new sponsors for support activities he has also been extremely active in promoting the University’s alumni work.

"Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is a major sponsor and supporter of the Friends of the University. The company has also provided assistance in connection with various University projects on image processing and research into surfaces and layers. Together with the University the company is further involved in the German Research Council project The Significance of Work Design and Personnel Development for the Innovative and Adaptive Potential of Senior Employees. It was on Herr Schreier’s initiative that the company participated in the Initiative for Excellence scheme with a letter of intent.”

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG has been generous with management consultancy services in connection with the inception of Heidelberg University Press. "The company is actively involved in the University’s dual career programme and for some considerable time has provided financial support for the participation of scientists and scholars in the Junior Professional Management scheme,” Hommelhoff added. He went on to describe the company’s commitment to the incipient Industry on Campus project Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing (HCI), together with the Robert Bosch GmbH Stuttgart, Philips Research Europe (Hamburg) and other enterprises. The contract cementing this project will be concluded in the very near future. The Rector added that Heidelberger Druckmaschinen has been supporting the University of Heidelberg’s publicity efforts for over 24 years by printing the annual University calendar.

Hommelhoff: "Herr Schreier is also a private benefactor of the University of Heidelberg providing regular personal support for the Friends of the University. His commitment to the University is extraordinary, as is the assistance he provides with ideas of his own. One of these was to approach companies closely linked with the University with the request for a letter of intent to be written into the proposals for the Initiative for Excellence.”

The Rector closed by referring to the inclusion of Bernhard Schreier among the honorary senators of the University as the continuation of a long and fruitful understanding with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. For the reasons set out above, and in the conviction that Herr Schreier would continue to support the University with valuable advice and active assistance, he asked the Senate to agree to conferring on him the status of Honorary Senator of the University of Heidelberg. At yesterday’s meeting the assembly complied with this request.

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