The Head of Administration (or 'Kanzler' in German) is nominated by the University Council and instated by the President of the University. However, before Dr Dilling can be instated, the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts has to approve the appointment. Once the approval has been granted, the new Head of Administration can be formally appointed by the President.
Achim Dilling was born in Eschwege, Hesse, in 1973. After completing secondary school, Achim Dilling trained in the banking sector before going on to study Business Administration at Georg August University Göttingen, where he gained his doctorate in 2002. Following this, he worked in accounting and strategic management departments of private enterprises and public bodies. In 2006, he joined the University of Passau as Senior Lecturer, overseeing the Business Administration Teaching Unit. There, he taught business accounting, cost accounting and corporate governance and management.
During his time at the University of Passau, Dr Dilling has written a number of textbooks and initiated the Start-up Café, an incubator unit for university spin-outs. Since May 2016, he has been in charge of the Transparency and Budgeting project initiated by the University Executive under the leadership of President Carola Jungwirth.