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Dr. Peter Westphal appointed as new President of AWM gGmbH

In late March, the Chairwoman of the AWM-Board, Angelika Marsch, announced the unanimous appointment by the AWM board of Dr. Peter Westphal as new President of AWM. This marks the successful completion of the search for a new leader.

Current President Traugott Hopp announced last year that he intended to step down from the position. Hopp has been AWM President since 2002 and will leave AWM this summer. His successor, Peter Westphal, will take over responsibilities on June 15, 2019.

During his presidency Traugott Hopp led his team in developing the educational institution with much wisdom, creativity and innovative energy. He invested his heart and energy into his team and the task before him. „Now is a good time for a change in the presidency – the AWM’s leadership team and faculty are well established to handle such a change“ Hopp said when announcing his decision. After a short time-out he will move on to his next place of ministry.

Peter Westphal spent the last 30 years in Asia, working for a number of different organizations. Among other ministry opportunities he led an educational institution and served as a consultant for organizational and leadership development. For the past 11 years Dr. Westphal worked with Wycliffe Global Alliance. His personal focus was on training and supporting local leaders as well as developing sound organizational procedures and processes. As new president, Peter Westphal brings valuable experience to the table, which will enable him – along with the team - to continue the AWM development into the future.