Klaus-Dieter Lehmann has been president of the Goethe-Institut since 2008. He studied mathematics and physics and later library science as well. In 1973, he was named director of the Municipal and University Library Frankfurt am Main and in 1990, director-general of the United German Library of Leipzig, Frankfurt and Berlin (later the German National Library). Between 1998 and 2008, he held the office of president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in Berlin. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann is a member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und Literatur Mainz as well as the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2001.