The Rector and Vice-Presidents, together with the Deputy Registrar, constitute the university leadership, the Steering Committee. The Rector leads the Steering Committee and has policy-making authority. He defines specific areas of responsibility with the other members of the Steering Committee. Each Vice-President and the Deputy Registrar make decisions within their own department. The Rector has the casting vote in the event of a tied vote in the decision-making process. The Steering Committee's duties include:
- Making decisions on the state budget report
- Making decisions on the criteria for appointments and distribution of resources
- Monitoring the availability of higher-education training placements
- Taking equality issues into consideration
- Coordinating cooperation between institutions and members
- Doing the annual report to the Convention and the Board of Trustees
- Issuing scale of fees and charges
With transition to their new term of office the former Pro-Rectors must assume the title of Vice-Presidents. By contrast, Professor Dr.-Ing. Volker Zerbe remain "Rector" until the end of his term of office.
The Rector is the university's external judicial and extrajudicial representative. His responsibilities include the day-to-day business of the university, the preservation of order and the exercise of domestic authority. He ensures that professors and lecturers duly fulfil their obligations in respect of teaching, examining and mentoring students.
The Vice-Presidents are appointed for three years by the Rector from within the sphere of university members and approved by the Senate. To be appointed Vice-President, one must have completed a higher-education degree and have held a position of professional responsibility for at least three years. The Vice-President of Academic affairs must be a professor.
The Rector can revoke the appointment of Vice-Presidents with the consent of the University Council.
The Chancellor is in charge of the administration of the university. He is responsible for the budget. Should the Chancellor raise any objections to a decision taken by the Steering Committee with regard to important financial matters, a new ballot must be held.