Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University is a German nonprofit company (gGmbH) registered in Berlin and recognized by the Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science (Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Wissenschaft).


The Bard College Berlin Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is an international body appointed by Bard College to guide and support the work of the university. Responsibilities of the Board of Governors include advice and guidance, financial support and fundraising, assistance in achieving visibility and linkages, and other general oversight and support activities in keeping with the Articles of Association.

The members of the Board of Governors are Jens Reich (Chairman), Peter Baldwin, Florian Becker (ex officio), Leon Botstein (ex officio), Thomas Hesse, Josef Joffe, Michael Steinberg, Taun Toay (ex officio) and Marylea van Daalen.

The Academic Advisory Board

The Academic Advisory Board of Bard College Berlin gGmbH is appointed by Bard College and serves at the decision of Bard's President. Its primary role is to give academic guidance. Its responsibilities include electing and advising the Dean and assisting in the arrangement of financing for Bard College Berlin.

The members of the Academic Advisory Board currently are: Leon Botstein (President of Bard College), Jonathan Becker, Susan H. Gillespie, Jens Reich and Rebecca Thomas


The Bard College Board of Trustees

As a subsidiary of Bard College, Bard College Berlin is overseen by Bard College's Board of Trustees, which is registered with the Board of Regents of the State of New York and operates under U.S. and New York State law. The Board of Trustees bears fiduciary responsibility for Bard College Berlin.

The Bard College Board of Trustees has 32 members.


Academic Leadership

Prof. Dr. Catherine Toal, Dean of the College

Prof. Dr. Kerry Bystrom, Associate Dean of the College

The Bard College Berlin Academic Senate

Administrative Leadership

Dr. Florian N. Becker, Managing Director, Bard College Berlin

Taun N. Toay, Managing Director, Bard College Berlin; Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Bard College 


Bard College Berlin is committed to upholding the highest standards of research best practice. The Ombudsperson appointed by the academic senate in 2015 to ensure implementation of its research guidelines is Prof. Dr. Martin Binder.