Cape Town – The University of Cape Town has confirmed that Professor Mmaokgethi Phakeng will take over from Dr Max Price when his term ends in June.
Phakeng’s appointment was confirmed by the chairman of council Sipho Pityana.
In his statement Pityana said “The UCT Council is confident that in Professor Phakeng we have found a suitable and capable candidate who will provide academic, strategic, transformational and ethical leadership and vision for the institution. We trust her to lead and manage the institution in pursuing its 2016-2020 strategic plan, which she was involved in developing.”
Phakeng who is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Internationalisation will take over from Dr Max Price, who has been Vice Chancellor since 2008, from 01 July 2018.
Commenting on her appintment, Phakeng said “I am honoured to have been afforded an opportunity to lead one of the best institutions on the continent. I am particularly humbled by the overwhelming support that I have received within the university community”.
The incoming Vice Chancellor has previously served as the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation at the University of South Africa for five years until her appointment at UCT in 2016.
Dr Price congratulated the incoming Vice Chancellor. “The role of Vice-Chancellor at UCT is an extremely demanding one but I have no doubt that Professor Phakeng has qualities that will stand her in good stead as she takes on this significant challenge”, remarked Price.