The Steinbeis Foundation provides an umbrella over the entire Steinbeis Network. Its remit is laid down by the Board of Trustees. As the previous term of office drew to a close, many members automatically retired from the Board of Trustees in 2011.
Dr. Hartmut Richter represented the Baden- Württemberg Manual Trades Association (BWHT) on the board since 1985, and was also a committee member since it was set up in 1996.
Prof. Dr. h. c. Dietmar von Hoyningen- Huene represented the interests of universities of applied science since 1991, and was also a committee member since 1996. Reiner Moser (joined 2006), Assistant State Secretary at the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Finance and Economy, Dr. Reinhard Altenmüller (joined 2003), while on the board, also an Executive Ministerial Counselor at the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Finance and Economy, and Dr. Michael Hagenmeyer (joined 1990), board chairman at bw-i Gesellschaft für internationale wirtschaftliche und wissenschaftliche Zusammenarbeit mbH, were all members from the area of public administration. Dr.-Ing. Heinz-Peter Germann, while on the board, also director of the leather and tanning institute Lederinstitut Gerberschule Reutlingen e. V., represented the institutes of joint industrial research since 1995. Dr. Augustin Siegel (joined 2001) represented commercial research bodies.
Members representing the Baden-Württemberg parliamentary groups also left the committee at the end of the term of office: Stefan Teufel (joined 2006, CDU), Werner Pfisterer (joined 2006, former CDU parliamentary representative), Rudolf Hausmann (joined 1996, formerly SPD), Beate Fauser (joined 1996, formerly FDP/DVP), the minister Theresia Bauer (joined 2001, GRÜNE) and Edith Sitzmann (joined 2006, GRÜNE) all supported the Foundation over the years. The new members of the Board of Trustees are (in alphabetical order): Susanne Ahmed, Assistant State Secretary, Baden- Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts; Alfred Dietenberger, Executive Ministerial Counselor, Baden-Württemberg State Ministry; Leopold Grimm, Member of the Baden-Württemberg Parliament, FDP/ DVP; Prof. Dr. Hugo Hämmerle, Director, NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute, Tübingen University; Peter Hofelich, Member of the Baden-Württemberg Parliament, SPD; Andrea Lindlohr, Member of the Baden- Württemberg Parliament, GRÜNE; Dr. Peter Mendler, Executive Ministerial Counselor, Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Finance and Economy; Claus Paal, Member of the Baden-Württemberg Parliament, CDU; Dr.- Ing. Peter Post, Research Director, Festo AG & Co. KG; Dr. Kai Schmidt-Eisenlohr, Member of the Baden-Württemberg Parliament, GRÜNE; Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schneider, Rector, Aalen University; Oskar Vogel, Managing Director, Baden-Württemberg Manual Trades Association (BWHT); Tobias Wald, Member of the Baden-Württemberg Parliament, CDU; Prof. Dr. Marion Weissenberger-Eibl, Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI).
Steinbeis would like to thank the retiring members for their support and looks forward to much fruitful discussion and collaboration with its new members.