New Maties rector: There'll be challenges

2014-12-01 15:58
Willem de Villiers (File, Stellenbosch University)

Willem de Villiers (File, Stellenbosch University)

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Cape Town - Stellenbosch University’s (SU) new rector says it will be an honour for him to lead the process set out by former rector Professor Russel Botman.

SU made the announcement on Monday that Professor Wim de Villiers, dean of the University of Cape Town's Faculty of Health Sciences, was appointed the new Maties rector and vice-chancellor.

He said: "I am enthusiastic about the path on which Professor Russel Botman placed SU, and find the University's Vision 2030 inspirational. Implementation will no doubt come with its challenges, but it will be an honour for me to lead this process."

De Villiers, 55, a Matie alumnus and medical doctor who studied and worked in England and America for 24 years, succeeds Botman, who died in June.

According to SU's website, he will take office in 2015.

Chief Operating Officer Professor Leopoldt Van Huyssteen will stay on as acting rector and vice-chancellor until De Villers takes office.

"I feel honoured and am very thankful for this opportunity," De Villiers said about his appointment. "Stellenbosch is a jewel in the crown of higher education in South Africa, and with the right leadership and good teamwork we can reach new heights, both locally and internationally."

George Steyn, chairperson of the SU Council, said in a statement of the SU website that the new appointment heralds a new era for the University.

"We are looking forward to Professor De Villiers breaking new ground – also in the run-up to our centenary in 2018. Not only is he an excellent academic and manager, but he has the necessary insight and vision to be a worthy successor to Professor Botman."

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