Farewell to dean Ayogu

24 June 2009 | Story by Newsroom

VC & Prof AyoguAdieu: VC Dr Max Price (left) admires Prof Melvin Ayogu's farewell gift.

Although Professor Melvin Ayogu's role as a dean impacted the transformation of the Faculty of Commerce, it is his "intellectual" leadership that will be missed most by colleagues, said Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price at Ayogu's farewell party on 22 June.

Price said Ayogu had participated in key debates, including those on UCT's corporate culture internationally, and had spoken out about corruption and asset stripping in Africa.

"In this, he has made an essential contribution to the discussion on Africa's role in the world and international perceptions of our continent," noted Price.

The Nigerian-born Ayogu served UCT for nine years, first as a visiting associate professor in the School of Economics, and then as faculty dean after his appointment in November 2006. He is taking up a position as a director of the Standard Bank Global Leadership Centre.

Although he is leaving UCT, Ayogu will continue to supervise his students and to be involved in developmental research in Africa.

Of his term at UCT, Ayogu said he had enjoyed his stay and singled out graduations, among other events, as particular highlights.

"I could not help but share the students' happiness at graduation ceremonies," he said.

Ayogu also paid tribute to the university's contract and PASS staff.

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