New rector for top Midlands school

2012-05-15 00:00

GREG Theron, headmaster of Penryn College in Nelspruit, will become the new rector of Michaelhouse from January 1, 2013.

The surprise announcement was made this weekend by Gary Ralfe, chairperson of the board of governors of Michaelhouse, who said Theron would be replacing Guy Pearson as rector. It is believed that Pearson will be taking over the headmastership of Bishops School in Cape Town.

Parents of Michaelhouse pupils interviewed after the announcement said that while they had not expected change, they believed that the new rector would uphold all the traditions of the school.

Penryn is in a scenic bushveld setting on the Boschrand Hills overlooking Nelspruit and the Crocodile River Valley.

Theron has been headmaster there since 1999. Under his leadership Penryn has grown to over 1 000 pupils.

Before going to Penryn, Theron spent nearly 10 years at St Stithian’s College in Johannesburg, and for most of that time was master in charge of the sixth form and taught geography.

Theron was born in Johannesburg. In 1963, after completing his schooling at Mondeor High School, he went on to Wits University where he achieved in succession a BA honours, a Higher Diploma in Education and an MSc. He also researched and tutored geography.

Greg Theron is married to Angela (nee Caddy), also Johannesburg-born, who has been head of life sciences at Penryn. She intends to move away from teaching and concentrate on community work.

The couple have two sons studying at Rhodes University and a daughter aged 13.

The selection panel of the board that elected Theron is made up of five governors: Nigel Tatham, Lorato Phalatse, Peter Harris, John Cheshire and Gary Ralfe. As part of the selection process two emeritus principals were co-opted: Dudley Forde, ex-rector of Michaelhouse, and Frank Simmonds, ex-headmaster of St Andrew’s, Bedfordview.

Said Ralfe: “After comprehensive due diligence the board is confident that in Greg Theron we have identified and appointed a man worthy to succeed Guy Pearson at Michaelhouse.”

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