Benoît Frund, 43, will continue in his role as Vice Rector with responsibility for the sustainability policy as well as campus management and development.
Numerous projects have been in preparation, mainly during the last five years, and need to be progressed. Examples include the future Vortex building, which will welcome over 1,000 students by 2020, and the enlargement of the Unithèque. "Completing or making as much progress as possible on projects I helped to launch is obviously very interesting."
Prior to his first term, which began in 2011, Benoît Frund was tasked with reorganising maintenance services. This led to the creation of Unibat, which he has run since 2006. So he is well informed about both development and sustainability.
What does he have in mind for the future? One aspect is the further development of the campus. But that’s not all. "I’d also like to try to prepare the university for ecological transition, to a world that is likely to undergo very significant changes.
Vice-Rector for "Sustainability and Campus"
Université de Lausanne
Durabilité et Campus
UNIL - Centre
Unicentre - bureau 325
Tél. ++41 (0)21 692 2310
Fax ++41 (0)21 692 2311
Head of unit "Sustainability and Campus".
Born on 8 November 1972 in Vevey. Married, two children.
Education, qualifications and professional career
Benoît Frund graduated from the University of Lausanne as a geographer in 1999. Even before obtaining his degree he began his professional career with an SME active in geo-informatics and development aid, becoming its director after two years. He then completed his education with various courses in business administration and management.
At the beginning of 2004 he returned to the UNIL as Deputy Administrative Director. Among the tasks assigned to him, he was responsible for leading a project to reorganise maintenance services which resulted in the creation of the Unibat service, which he headed from June 2006 to August 2011.
Benoît Frund drew up an inventory of the numerous environmentally-friendly measures already up and running on the campus, thereafter enhancing their value and expanding their remit. At the request of the Rectorate, he formed a working group comprising representatives of the entire university community to propose a UNIL sustainability initiative. This led in February 2010 to the formulation of an agenda 21 for the UNIL which proposes to adopt a strong sustainability policy in teaching, research and life on the campus.
In September 2011, he joined the new UNIL management team as Vice-Rector in charge of "Sustainability and Campus".
Other specialist areas and interests
Since 2002, Benoît Frund has been chairman of the organising committee of the Cully Jazz Festival, a post he occupies on a voluntary basis.