New dean’s experience ‘most valuable to university’

2019-01-30 06:01
Prof. Rantoa Letšosa

Prof. Rantoa Letšosa

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Prof. Rantoa Letšosa officially started his duty as dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of the Free State (UFS).

He started on 1 January following the approval of his appointment by the council of the university last year.

Letšosa has replaced outgoing dean, Prof. Fanie Snyman who will retire on 31 August.

“Prof Letšosa’s experience and scholarly contributions are most valuable to the university and the faculty. He has a good understanding of the higher-education sector and extensive management experience.

“I look forward to working with him and to welcome him to the university,” said Prof. Francis Peterson, rector and vice-chancellor of the UFS.

Letšosa held the position of professor in the Faculty of Theology at the North West University (NWU). He holds a PhD in Practical Theology (Liturgics).

He has been involved in church work from the age of 21, first as deacon and later as elder, scribe, and treasurer, and he served in various church councils. After matric, he worked as security guard for one year and completed a certificate course in Basic Programming with Intec College.

In 1991, he started his theolo­gical studies at the then Hammanskraal Theological Seminary and completed his BA degree in 1993. In 1994, he did a BA Honours in Greek at Unisa. While busy with his honours degree in 1995, he was appointed as junior part-time researcher in the Faculty of Arts at Unisa.

In 1996, he did an MA in Greek and passed with distinction. During this period, he completed a ThB and BA (Hons) in Theology.

In 2000, he was ordained as minister of the Reformed Church Boskop and the Reformed Church Tlokwe-Botshabela.

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