July 19th 2017

MCI Academic Council appoints new deputy head

Professor Claudia Mössenlechner takes over from Professor Anita Zehrer

With the beginning of the new academic year, Professor Claudia Mössenlechner will take charge of the MCI Academic Council alongside Professor Franz Pegger, acting as head of the Academic Council.

Former Deputy Head Anita Zehrer resigned at her own request as she wishes to concentrate more on research and teaching, as well as particularly on the expansion of the Family Business Center, which provides the local economy with essential support.

The change in the office of deputy head takes effect with July 31, 2017.

The Entrepreneurial School® – Rector Andreas Altmann in particular – wants to thank Anita Zehrer for her excellent, competent, and committed achievements in this responsible academic position. We would also like to wish her successor, Claudia Mössenlechner, a successful start. The continual development and innovation of a high-quality academic range of services, of the university’s international standing, and of its students’ and graduates’ employability are tasks which require but also reward dedication.

Claudia Mössenlechner has served MCI for many years and qualifies for the position due to her comprehensive qualifications in research, teaching, and practice. An anglicist by training, Mössenlechner has been in charge of a broad range of responsibilities at MCI. She is currently acting as head of the fast-growing MCI Learning Solutions Department and as lecturer for the Tourism Business Studies program. In addition, she runs the renowned MCI Language Center.

The principal duties of the MCI Academic Council are to further develop efficient academic structures, to promote consistent standards, processes, and elections across institutions of higher education, to create university-internal stages of appeal, and to advance the institutionalization of academic quality assurance in a growing organization.

The board includes six heads of department and studies, six representatives of the teaching and research staff, and four members of the Student Council. The members are elected by their respective bodies. The head and deputy head of the Academic Council are chosen by its members from a shortlist presented by the rector.


Deputy Head of MCI Academic Council Claudia Mössenlechner: “I am delighted to be elected Deputy Head of Academic Council, and to be entrusted with the task of continuing the development of academic quality at MCI together with the entire council.”

Head of MCI Academic Council Franz Pegger: “I am happy that, with Claudia Mössenlechner, we have found a highly qualified individual with exceptional competence to replace Anita Zehrer. As in the previous years, it remains one of my prime concerns to maintain and further develop the quality of academic education at MCI in close cooperation with the other members of the Academic Council.”

MCI Rector Andreas Altmann: “I congratulate Claudia Mössenlechner on her appointment and look forward to working with her in the future. I am proud that we have Claudia Mössenlechner, an individual who is perfectly qualified for this crucial position at the Entrepreneurial School®, on board. I would particularly like to thank Anita Zehrer for the exceptional and professional commitment she has shown over the last years.”

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