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Claas Cordes studied drama, theatre and media at Giessen University from 1986 to 1992. Between 1992 and 2000 he held a number of managerial roles at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar, most recently as Personal Assistant to the Dean. From 2000 to 2003 he was Director of Public Relations at Schauspiel Leipzig, a theatre in the city. He was appointed Chancellor of what is today the Eberswalde University of Applied Sciences for Sustainable Development on 1 January 2004, and was re-confirmed in this office in 2009. Since December 2014 he has been the Chancellor of HTW Berlin. Claas Cordes lectured at the universities of Weimar, Leipzig and Erfurt as well as the music and theatre universities in Weimar and Leipzig.
The Chancellor is responsible for running the Central Administration Departments, the University Library, Information Technology Centre Office and the Central Unit Sports. He is also responsible for coordinating the various faculty administrations and financial, HR, legal and infrastructure matters. The Chancellor also acts as the budget coordinator and supervises all academic and non-academic members of staff with the exception of the professors. In addition, he holds the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) and is responsible for construction projects and for the quality management of the central administration. The Chancellor represents the University Board in matters involving the Staff Council.
The Chancellor is responsible for:
- Legal Section
- Internal Audit Section
- Safety Engineer
- IT Security Officer
- University finance model and supervision of committees and boards
- Finance and Human Resources
- Services, Technical Support and Facility Management
- Student Services
- University Library
- Information Technology Centre
- Central Unit Sports