Wits appoints Habib as new rector

2013-02-28 17:32

Johannesburg - Professor Adam Habib has been appointed as rector of the University of the Witwatersrand, the university said on Thursday.

Habib would join the university on Friday, but would take up his new position on 1 June, the university council's deputy chairperson Carole Lewis said in a statement.

"This means that his term of office will overlap with that of the current vice-chancellor and principal, Professor Loyiso Nongxa, for three months," she said.

This transitional period would allow for the efficient transfer of responsibilities to Habib, who was deputy vice-chancellor for research, innovation, library and faculty co-ordination at the University of Johannesburg.

He also served as executive director of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) from 2004 to 2007, and has worked as a research director for the Centre for Civil Society at the University of Natal.

He is a well-known public and media commentator.

"We are certain that Professor Habib will bring with him a wealth of experience and new ideas on how to take the university into the future," Lewis said.

  • Thabo Dijoe - 2013-02-28 18:04

    Congradulations Habib.

  • Michael Jackwood - 2013-02-28 18:05

    What a good choice, Steven Friedman must also head University of Pretoria, we need change there.

      Peter Ndamase - 2013-03-01 10:25

      Steven is not neutral on his political views. Academically, he is not as strong as the masses think,and extremely emotional. His views ( on the protection information bill shows how skewed his views are. UP needs to transform itself, change of mindset

  • squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-28 18:39

    Please do a good job and raise the standards again...

      Thandeka Ncube - 2013-02-28 19:34

      it shows that u don't go wits. the standard are already high.

  • Deon de Lange - 2013-02-28 18:42

    Congrats, Prof. Sure you will do a great job.

  • Richard Lawson - 2013-02-28 18:55

    Good choice I am sure he will do an excellent job!

  • Nhlapo Pk Phoka - 2013-02-28 19:18

    Wish him all the best in His new role, what a los for Uj!

  • Lungelo Nsibande - 2013-02-28 21:18

    I personally would like to congradulate Comrade Prof. Adam Habib for his appointment as Vice-Chancellor and Principal at Wits. His independent contribution as a political commentator will always be felt, it was exceptional. Good luck to your new field of work! Hope you will still contribute in sensetizing our political ideologies in Cosatu, SACP and ANC the movement of the people.

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-03-05 09:47

    He is a good man! Congratulations Adam!

  • SA Dhammananda SA Dhammananda - 2013-07-25 17:16

    congrats- PROF.

  • Ayub Khan - 2013-10-13 09:56

    congratulation WITS on a perfect choice.

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