Who is Yılmaz Büyükerşen?

Who is Yılmaz Büyükerşen
Who is Yılmaz Büyükerşen

Yılmaz Büyükerşen, (born November 8, 1937 in Eskişehir), Turkish academic and politician. Eskişehir Metropolitan Mayor, former rector of Anadolu University.

Education life


He studied high school in Eskişehir Atatürk High School. He was among the first graduates of Eskişehir Academy of Economic and Commercial Sciences in 1962. He completed his doctorate in 1966. He became associate professor in 1968 and professor in 1973.

Academic life

He was elected president of the academy he graduated from in 1976. He was appointed as the rector of Anadolu University in 1982. He was reassigned to the same post in 1987. He also served as the Chairman of the Radio and Television High Council for 2 terms. In 1994, with the enactment of Law No. 3984, he resigned from this position. Turkey's first Film and Television School organization held in Eskisehir. In Anıtkabir Museum, one-to-one wax statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, again by Prof. It was built by Büyükerşen. He also pioneered the establishment of the second university in Eskişehir and the establishment of the only open education faculty in the world.

Political life

Being a candidate from the Democratic Left Party in the 18 April 1999 elections, Prof. Büyükerşen was elected Mayor of Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality by taking 44% of the votes. In the local elections of 28 March 2004, he was re-elected to the same post, increasing his votes to 45%. In the 2009 local elections, he was re-elected as the metropolitan mayor with more than 50% of the votes. On January 27, 2011, he resigned from this party, following the demand of the Democratic Left Party administration, who wanted him to resign. He joined the Republican People's Party (CHP) on February 27, 2011. 2014 local elections, the Republican People's Party of Turkey 4.kez Eskişehir Metropolitan Mayor was elected. Turkey as a candidate for the 2019 elections, the Republican People's Party and the National Alliance for local 5.kez Eskişehir Metropolitan Mayor was elected. Professor, who is frequently mentioned in "Unity on the Left" meetings and other leftist scenarios held under the leadership of DİSK. Büyükerşen rejected the presidency offer made by former DSP Chairman Bülent Ecevit in 2004. Turkey is also the name of history in 2014 for President candidacy in the presidential election. But he also turned down this offer. Prof. Dr. Yılmaz Büyükerşen; He is married with two children and two grandchildren. Being a member of the board of directors of the Ayhan Şahenk Foundation, Prof. Büyükerşen is also one of the founders of Kanal D.

His approach to fine arts

Büyükerşen demonstrated his aptitude for fine arts such as painting and sculpture in the departments he opened to universities during his rectorship and especially in the wax sculptures he created in his private life. During his term as mayor, he showed his interest in art with the sculptures he put in Eskişehir, he aimed to give a message to the public with these sculptures. He was criticized from time to time.

Turkey's first wax statue museum bearing his name was opened on May 19, 2013.

Büyükerşen's autobiography, Time Stopping Clock, and his biography, Bir Ömür Ki Yılmaz Büyükerşen, written by Mehmet Sadık Bozkurt, were published as a book.



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