Prof., dipl. Ing. ETH, lic. oec. publ., President
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Jürg Kessler has been the President of the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons since 2003 and is a Professor for Corporate Governance. Among other posts, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Academia Raetica, the Strategy Committee of the Graduate School Graubünden and the Board of Directors of GeoGR. Nationally, he worked for nine years as President of the Teaching Commission of the Chamber of Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts as well as for three years as a delegate of the Teaching department of swissuniversities. As a member of the Chamber of Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts of swissuniversities and the Higher Education Management Steering Group, as well as in his role as a member of the Foundation Board of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), he remains committed to representing the concerns of universities of applied sciences at a national level.
Jürg Kessler graduated as a qualified surveyor (MSc ETH) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) and subsequently worked for several years as an engineer at a company before completing a lic. oec. publ. Master's degree in Economics (MA UZH) at the University of Zurich.
Following his studies, he worked for 11 years at Zurich Insurance, and finished his time there as a member of management. Wanting to return to a role that was once again more closely linked to the 'direct application of engineering', he opted to move to Unique (the former name for Zurich airport) where he managed the 'Buildings' area as a member of the Executive Board. In this role, among other tasks, he oversaw the expansion of the airport with building work totalling CHF 2.1 billion as overall project manager. He was able to contribute his great experience in dealing with people during the grounding of Swissair, for example; he was head of one of four task forces responsible for crisis management activities at the time.
During his military career, he most recently served as General Staff Colonel (Generalstabsoberst) in various commanding office functions ranging up to Regimental Commander in the Graubünden units. In his last position, he acted as deputy to Divisional Commander Marco Cantieni in his role as Commander of Territorial Region 3. He is currently a member of the think tank of the Armed Forces SeniorCadre Training (SCT) as well as a member of the Armed Forces Further Development Support Group.