Governance and Bodies of the University



Professor Pier Sandro Cocconcelli

Full Professor for the academic recruitment field 07/I1 AGRICULTURAL MICROBIOLOGY, academic discipline AGR/16 AGRICULTURAL MICROBIOLOGY, at the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, in the context of the functions assigned to him as Vice Rector, Delegate for the coordination of internationalisation projects at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

The Rector is the highest academic authority and is appointed by the Board of Directors from among the full professors with at least five years' tenure at Università Cattolica, from a shortlist of five names decided by the Academic Senate on the basis of nominations made by the Faculty Councils.

The Rector legally represents the University, convenes and chairs the Board of Directors, the Steering Committee, the Academic Senate and the University Council. He/she promotes the convergence of the work of all the components of the university community for the achievement of the University's own purposes. By his/her own decrees, he/she issues the Articles of association and possible amendments resolved by the aforementioned bodies.

He/she may appoint one or more Vice-Rectors to whom he/she may delegate the exercise of specific functions. He/she remains in office for four years and may be reappointed for no more than two consecutive terms.

The Rectors of Università Cattolica

From the foundation in 1921 to present, the position was held by Father Agostino Gemelli (1921-1959), Francesco Vito (1959-1965), Ezio Franceschini (1965-1968), Giuseppe Lazzati (1968-1983), Adriano Bausola (1983-1998), Sergio Zaninelli (1998-2002), Lorenzo Ornaghi (2002 -2012), Franco Anelli (2012-2024).