In August 2013 Thomas Strothotte was named President of Kühne Logistics University. Thomas Strothotte says: "My goal is to help grow KLU to achieve a firm international standing and to make sure that KLU will belong to the outstanding universities in SCM and logistics, management and leadership."
He was born in 1959 in Regina, Canada and raised in Vancouver. His first degrees were taken at Simon Fraser University (a B.Sc. in Physics (1980) and an M.Sc. in Computer Science (1981)). His further graduate work was done in Computer Science at the University of Stuttgart, McGill University in Montréal/Québec and the University of Waterloo/Ontario, leading to a Ph.D. (McGill) in 1984. He also holds an MBA from Columbia University (New York) and an MBA from the London Business School (UK).
After a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at INRIA Rocquencourt near Paris (France), he went back to Germany to the University of Stuttgart as staff scientist in 1985, earning a "Habilitation" degree in Computer Science in 1989. From 1989 to 1990 he was a visiting scientist at the IBM Scientific Center in Heidelberg, working in the Software Ergonomics Department. From there he moved to the Free University of Berlin in 1990 as a Professor of Computer Science.
He joined the University of Magdeburg (Germany) in 1993, where he was the head of the Computer Graphics and Interactive Systems Laboratory. He became the Dean of his Faculty from 1994 to 1996 and again later on from 2005 to 2006. From April 1996 until September 1998 he was a Vice-President/Academic Planning and Budget Development of the University. As the initiator and one of the scientific responsibles he created the new degree programme in Computational Visualistics. He is the founder of two private schools in Magdeburg.
From March, 2001 to December, 2002 Thomas Strothotte served as the Director of IT for the government of the State of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany).
From 2006 until 2008 he was the Rector of the University of Rostock, the third oldest university in Germany, and from 2009 to 2013 he served as the Rector of the University of Regensburg in the State of Bavaria (Germany).