The university council decides on the basic rules and their amendment, elects the president and other members of the university management with the exception of the chancellor. In addition, it adopts the university's development plan drawn up by the Extended University Administration. The University Council shall decide on the establishment, amendment and cancellation of study programmes, it shall comment on the proposals concerning the state budget or the draft business plan and shall accept the President's report and adopt the corporate budget.

The members of the University Council are the elected members of the Senate and personalities from science and culture and in particular from business and professional practice (members who are not university members).

Non-university members (term of office 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2023):

Prof. Dieter Kempf | President Bun-desverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V., Berlin (Chair)
Dr.-Ing. Simon Amesöder | Managing Director RF Plast, Gunzenhausen
Gabriela Gottwald | Managing DirectorBayerische BauAkademie, Feuchtwangen
Susanne Lang | Managing Partner MEKRA Lang GmbH & Co KG, Ergersheim
Alfons Loos | Managing Director HL-Studios GmbH, Erlangen
Susanne Oppel | Managing Director AutohausOppel GmbH, Ansbach-Elpersdorf
Siegfried Schneider | President of the Bavarian State Agency for New Media, Munich
Doris Schüller-Heller | ShareholderSchüller Möbelwerk KG, Herrieden
Christine Rothe | Managing Director Production Management Constantin Film, Munich
Dr. Gerhard Walther | Chairman of the Management BoardVR-Bank Mittelfranken West eG, Ansbach/Rothenburg