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16 September 2003

Dr. Marina Frost Proposed for the Post of Registrar at the University of Heidelberg

Senate proposes the vice-president of the University of Göttingen to the minister-president of Baden-Württemberg for appointment — Rector Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff: "Dr. Frost's manifold experience will be a major asset to the University of Heidelberg in its quest for greater autonomy and competitive clout"

Dr. Marina Frost

Dr. Marina Frost. Photo : Welker

Dr. Marina Frost is set fair to become the new Registrar of the University of Heidelberg. The Senate has adopted the recommendation of the selection committee and proposed the vice-president of Göttingen University to the minister-president of Baden-Württemberg for appointment. Rector Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff emphasised Dr. Frost's outstanding qualifications. "Dr. Frost's manifold experience, above all in the restructuring of a university, will be a major asset to the University of Heidelberg in its quest to achieve greater autonomy and competitive clout without any further delay," he said.

He added that the selection committee had come to the "unanimous decision" that Dr. Marina Frost's specific qualifications, together with her experience and her personal convincement potential, made her the outstanding applicant for the post. Dr. Frost has been a university registrar for 11 years, first in Hildesheim, then in Göttingen. Before that she was research officer for 8 years and personnel officer for 4 years at the University of Kiel.

Since mid 2000 she has been implementing the complete reorganisation of the university administration in Göttingen. In the framework of the "University 2001" project, the overall budget and the accountancy framework of the university have been overhauled there under her leadership since January 2000 with the use of SAP software technology, important reform measures also adopted over the last few years by the University of Heidelberg with its "Impulse" project. "The appointment of Dr. Frost will thus ensure continuity in this central reform project," Hommelhoff stated.

In Göttingen Dr. Frost has been responsible for the conceptualisation of a new "Building Management" department involving the discontinuation of the hitherto less than optimally coordinated organisation structure. Planning for modern computer-aided facility management has been approved by the German Research Council, with specific reference to its progressive nature and its suitability as a model for others to follow. Other reorganisation projects instituted by Dr. Frost include business process optimisation in the personnel field, reorganisation of the student secretariat, optimisation of the "international sectors" and many other measures with an effect on Göttingen's university administration structure.

The present vice-president of the University of Göttingen was born in Marne in 1950. In 1968 she embarked on her university career, studying law at the Universities of Göttingen, Marburg, Freiburg and Kiel. In 1973 she took her first state examination in law at the Regional Appeal Court of Schleswig, following this in 1975 with the main state examination in law before the joint examinations board (Hamburg) of the states of Bremen, Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.

From 1976 to 1978 Marina Frost acted as a judge at various magistrates' courts before joining the Faculty of Law of the University of Kiel as an academic assistant to Prof. Dr. D.E. Henke. In 1980 she graduated as a doctor of law with a dissertation on "Pre-Contractual and Contractual Protection Obligations".

At the University of Kiel Dr. Frost was personnel officer from 1980 to 1984, legal officer to the university hospital sector as of January 1982 and research officer from 1984 to 1992. From 1992 to 1997 she was Registrar at the University of Hildesheim and has been Registrar at the University of Göttingen since November 1997. In early October 2002 she was appointed vice-president of the same university.

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