Dr Max Price is Vice-Chancellor designate

12 October 2007 | Story by Helen Théron

Today the UCT Council appointed Dr Max Price as UCT's Vice-Chancellor designate.

Price will succeed Professor Njabulo S Ndebele on 30 June 2008. Ndebele served as vice-chancellor and principal for eight years.

Price's appointment follows an extensive search and selection process. He has a strong transformation record, built primarily during his deanship of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits University between 1996 and 2006. A former Rhodes Scholar and Four Outstanding Young South Africans Award winner (1992), he is currently an independent consultant in the fields of public health, health policy, medical education, and human resources for health planning.

"The UCT Council is convinced that Dr Price will make a significant contribution to UCT and also to higher education in general," said Geoff Budlender, chair of the UCT Council and chair of the Selection Committee. "His record shows major transformation achievements and extensive senior executive management experience."

Ndebele said: "I am pleased that I will be able to hand over the reins to a candidate of Dr Price's talent and proven record of advancing transformation."

Speaking at a press conference this morning, Price said: "It is a great honour to have been invited to lead UCT as vice-chancellor from July 2008. I am most privileged to inherit a leading research-led university that is stable and has, under the leadership of Professor Njabulo S Ndebele, pursued a significant transformation agenda. I will build on this legacy. I intend building on UCT's formidable record of scholarship. I believe it is in participating and competing with the best the world has to offer, that UCT can and will make its largest impact locally as well as internationally."

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