On 23 June 2022 the University Council elected Dr Peter Riedler as the future Rector of the University of Graz. "I am very pleased about the election and the trust placed in me. I am aware of the responsible task and will continue to devote all my energy to the University of Graz," said Riedler, who has already held the office on an interim basis since December 2021. The new term of office starts on 1 October 2022 and lasts four years.
Peter Riedler was born in Graz in 1969, grew up in a science-related environment, and graduated from grammar school in 1987. After studying law at the University of Graz, a study stay at the University of Wales in Cardiff and subsequent postgraduate studies at the Bologna Center of Johns Hopkins University, he worked in the European Parliament in Brussels and in the office of the Economic and Financial Provincial Councillor in the Styrian Provincial Government in Graz. In 1999, Riedler received his doctorate from the University of Graz for his dissertation in the field of international and European law. From 2002 to 2007 he worked in Vienna in the Cabinet of the Federal Chancellor as Advisor for Finance, Economics and Research. Several years as Director of Public Affairs and Assistant to the CEO and owner at the world's largest private developer of drive technology, AVL List GmbH, in Graz followed, before he was appointed Vice Rector for Financial Affairs, Resources and Location Development, and from 2019 also for Human Resources, at the University of Graz in 2011. Peter Riedler has been acting Rector since December 2021. Among other things, he is a member of the Austrian Fiscal Council, a board member of the economic research institute Eco Austria and a member of the International Advisory Board of the University of Helsinki.