Jörg Winterberg studied economics and physics at the universities of Münster, Würzburg and Umeå (Sweden). He received his doctorate in 1994 from the University of Lüneburg with the dissertation topic „Religion and the Market Economy“. From 1994 to 1998, he was head of the Department of Economics and Development at the Research Institute of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, before receiving a call to Ostfalia to teach economics. There he assumed the position of dean in 1999 and vice president for controlling and university development in 2001.
In the winter semester of 2008, Jörg Winterberg moved to the Rehabilitation Heidelberg Foundation (SRH) and took over as Rector and Managing Director of the private SRH University of Applied Sciences Heidelberg. During his eight years there, the university carried out a change process that led to the introduction of the CORE principle (meanwhile awarded the Genius Loci of the Stifterverband), which received nationwide and international attention. The goal of this process was to transform a university from a „teaching institution“ into an institution that, in all its manifestations, serves student learning in the best possible way.
In 2016, Jörg Winterberg took over the management of the newly founded SRH Higher Education GmbH, whose task is the strategic and entrepreneurial management of SRH’s higher education sector and whose portfolio includes not only the SRH Universities of Applied Sciences, but also the EBS University of Business and Law and a distance learning university. He was also involved in the founding of the Universidad Paraguayo Alemana (UPA), the only private university state-recognized in Germany with its headquarters abroad. Jörg Winterberg is a convinced advocate of a pluralistic higher education system and private universities, which, despite political disadvantages in Germany, have significantly better opportunities to offer contemporary education for the 21st century.