New vice-chancellor for UWC

2014-03-30 10:00

Professor Tyrone Pretorius is the new man at the helm of the University of the Western Cape.

Pretorius will replace Professor Brian O’Connell as UWC’s vice-chancellor and rector.

O’Connell has been under pressure to resign after an internal revolt against him and his leadership by some students.

Earlier this month, UWC’s student representative council hosted a meeting at which it called for O’Connell to resign.

The university’s spokesman, Luthando Tyhalibongo could not be reached for comment on O’Connell’s resignation and Pretorius’ appointment.

But in a statement, the UWC’s council said Pretorius would take over the reins in January but would join the university during the second half of this year to allow for a smooth transition of leadership.

“Council believes that through a careful and considered process of deliberation, it has chosen an excellent person for this important position at UWC,” it said.

“We believe that Professor Pretorius is eminently qualified to take forward and extend the achievements of his predecessor, our outgoing vice-chancellor and rector, O’Connell.”

Pretorius is currently serving as vice-principal at the University of Pretoria.

Previously, he was the pro-vice chancellor and the president of Monash South Africa.

“In addition to his extensive work experience in higher education, he brings to his new position a strong academic background,” the council said in its statement.

“He holds two doctoral degrees and has published widely, particularly in his disciplinary field of psychology.”

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