The Supervisory Board elects the full-time members of the Presidential Committee and adopts the structure and development plan as well as the construction plan. According to legislation, the term of office of the Founding Supervisory Board expired on September 30, 2011. Since October 01, 2011, the members of the KIT Supervisory Board have been in office.
KIT is managed by the collegial board named "Executive Board". President Professor Dr. Eberhard Umbach and the Vice Presidents Professor Dr. Detlef Löhe and Dr. Peter Fritz took office on October 01, 2009. Their term of office is four years. Further members of the Presidential Committee are Dr. Elke Luise Barnstedt as Vice President for Human Resources and Law since January 01, 2011, and Dr. Ulrich Breuer as Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs since January 01, 2012. Their term of office is six years.
Since October 1, 2010, Professor Wilfried Juling (Chief Science and Information Officer), Professor Volker Saile und Dr. Joachim Knebel (both Chief Science Officer) act as Chief Officers. On Administrative Management Level Dr. Gerhard Schmidt is responsible for Technical Infrastructure. Since August 15, 2011, also Dr. Karl-Friedrich Ziegahn, and since January 1, 2012, also Prof. Doris Wedlich act as Chief Science Officers.
The Senate confirms the election of full-time board members and issues an opinion on the structural and development plan as well as on the draft economic plan and the finance plan. The Senate of KIT is composed of the board members, a representative of the equal opportunities team, a representative of the staff council and 25 elected representatives from the university sector and 25 elected representatives from the large-scale research sector.
KIT aims at equal opportunities for women and men in all parts of research and teaching and at possibilities of developing and using their qualifications. With an integrated concept and various actions, the Equal Opportunities team tries to increase significantly the number of women in leading positions and engineering. On the ground of the basic elements for the further development of KIT from April 2011, which were agreed upon by the state of Baden-Württemberg and the Federal Republic of Germany, KIT is able to settle aspects of equal opportunity autonomously and consistently.
The tasks of the KIT Staff Council are outlined in the Act on Representation of Staff of State Institutions. They include the control of the implementation of collective agreements and service agreements as well as the support of the integration of employees in need of protection and the securing of jobs. The Staff Council consists of a total of 37 members: 34 representatives of the employees and three representatives of civil servants.
Representatives for Disabled Employees
The representatives for disabled employees promote the integration of severely disabled persons at KIT, represent their interests, and provide advice and help. Moreover, they support the disabled employees in filing applications for disability approval to the authority in charge (the District Office - "Landratsamt" - in Baden-Wuerttemberg or else the Pension Office - "Versorgungsamt") and for approval of equal opportunities to the Employment Agency.
Occupational Safety Officers
The KIT Occupational Safety Officers advise the executive board, heads of institutes and facilities or project managers on questions of health and safety measures and prevention of occupational accidents.
The topic of compliance with legal requirements and internal regulations has become more and more important in recent years. At KIT, a large number of commissioners make sure that rules in diverse areas are consequently observed.