Update on executive appointments

30 April 2019 | From Kgethi

Dear colleagues and students

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Executive provides regular updates on ongoing recruitment processes for senior leadership positions. I write to keep you informed following the conclusion of interview processes for two positions this month.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Internationalisation

Interviews were held on 2 April 2019. The name of the recommended candidate will be tabled before a special Council meeting to be held on 2 May. We will communicate the decision of Council early next week. Professor Kevin Naidoo has been the acting deputy vice-chancellor since the beginning of the year and will continue serving in this capacity until 30 April 2019.

Director: Graduate School of Business

Shortlisted candidates were interviewed on 12 April 2019. However, none of the candidates were found to be suitable for appointment. As a result, the selection committee will reconvene to restart the process. Associate Professor Kosheek Sewchurran will continue to serve as the acting director until a substantive appointment is made.

There are currently four other vacant executive positions at UCT. An update on the status of each of these positions is provided below.

Dean: Centre for Higher Education Development

The recruitment process for a substantive dean is yet to get under way. Associate Professor Alan Cliff will continue to serve in an acting capacity until 31 December 2019.

Dean: Health Sciences

The process to constitute a selection committee is under way. Professor Carolyn Williamson will remain in an acting capacity until 30 September 2019.

Dean: Humanities

The post has been advertised and the closing date for applications was 24 April 2019. The selection committee is due to meet in May for shortlisting. Associate Professor Shose Kessi has been acting in this role and will continue to do so until a substantive appointment is made.

Executive Director: Research

A selection committee has been constituted and a search meeting will be scheduled in due course. The current executive director, Dr Marilet Sienaert, will remain at the helm until her retirement at the end of the year.

We will continue to keep you updated on these recruitment processes as and when there are developments.


Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

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