The University of Cape Town Council announced on Saturday that is has chosen Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, as the new vice-chancellor of the university, with effect from July 1, 2018.
Currently deputy vice-chancellor: research and internationalisation, Phakeng will take over from Dr Max Price, who has been UCT’s vice-chancellor since 2008.
The council said it has found a suitable and capable candidate who will provide academic, strategic, transformational and ethical leadership and vision for the institution.
Chair of Council Sipho Pityana on behalf of the council said that council has made the decision to appoint Phakeng following a competitive selection process.
Professor Phakeng who has been widely congratulated on reaching this milestone in her career said she was encouraged by the high level of support she received from different stakeholders during the selection process.
“What also stood out about Professor Phakeng was her sound knowledge and understanding of the key challenges and opportunities arising from the changing higher education environment in South Africa and globally,” added the council.
Pityana is confident that Phakeng’s leadership will further develop the university and allow it to reach even greater heights.
Pityana concludes that the role of vice-chancellor at UCT is an extremely demanding one but he has no doubt that Professor Phakeng has qualities that will stand her in good stead as she takes on this significant challenge.