Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund appointed as ISU’s next President

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The International Space University is pleased to announce that its Board of Trustees has selected Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund as ISU’s next President to take office in September, succeeding Mr. Juan de Dalmau whose term ends in August 2021.

Prof. Ehrenfreund is currently the Chancellor of ISU and the President of the International Astronautical Federation. She is also a Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington DC.

In addition to her strong academic and research background in astrophysics, biology and as Principal Investigator and Team Leader for ESA and NASA astronomy and planetary missions, Prof. Ehrenfreund brings to ISU her management experience, having served as President of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and as Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Dr. Angie Bukley, member of the ISU Board of Trustees and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee said “The Committee started its work last October and concluded with the unanimous recommendation of Prof. Ehrenfreund. As an ISU alumna, I am proud to see her taking the helm of ISU”.

Dr. Christian Sallaberger, Chair of the ISU Board of Trustees said “The entire ISU community is indebted to President de Dalmau for his skillful leadership of ISU, especially during the very challenging time of the global pandemic. It is satisfying to see the many excellent candidates who applied to succeed him in ISU’s top position. Pascale Ehrenfreund is a highly respected leader in the international space community who knows ISU well as she has been a very engaged Chancellor the past three years, and we are all overjoyed to welcome her as ISU’s next President.”

As President Elect until the start of the next academic year, Prof. Ehrenfreund will maintain her role of Chancellor and continue her interactions with students, staff, faculty and alumni. She said “I am delighted to become a full member of the exceptional team that works at ISU and I look forward to building on the achievements of my predecessor Juan de Dalmau, whom I thank for his availability to brief me on all aspects of the university’s management.”

On the ambitions for her mandate, Prof. Ehrenfreund said “I am prepared to further develop ISU as the global leader in space education and as an engine driving the evolution of the dynamic space sector. It is an honor and privilege for me to contribute to these very important tasks as future ISU President.”

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