I leave UFS on my own terms - Jansen

2016-05-16 13:28

Bloemfontein – University of Free State Vice Chancellor and Rector Jonathan Jansen said on Monday that the decision to vacate his position had been a difficult one.  

Jansen will step down from his position at the end of August. 

"I leave on my own terms, and without any regrets, but with boundless gratitude to all of those who have helped me become a better leader every day in this job," Jansen said in a statement. 

"I will miss immensely the students of our university, many of whom moved seamlessly from campus through our home and our lives over the past seven years."  

He said it has always been his plan not to stay longer than seven years at the institution.  

"With the renewal of my five-year contract in 2014, I again informed the leadership of the university council that I would not stay beyond an additional two years (that is, seven years) as academic leader of this great institution of higher learning," he said.  

Jansen will take up an invitation as a Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Behavioural Sciences at the US's Stanford University in September 2016. 

In an interview with News24 in April, Jansen denied rumours that he was stepping down. 

"I am not going anywhere. These speculations about me leaving have gone on forever. I receive e-mails every day asking me if I am leaving," he said.

He was appointed rector and vice chancellor in July 2009.

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