Dear colleagues and students
I write to inform you that Professor Loretta Feris has elected not to seek a second term as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) when her current term ends in December 2021. The initial term of appointment of a DVC is for five years and Professor Feris will reach the five year mark by the end of this year.
In terms of the current policy, the process to extend an appointment, or start a process to fill a vacancy, commences once the incumbent DVC has made a decision about availability for a further term. As Professor Feris has indicated that she does not intend to seek a second term as DVC, we will commence a process to fill the vacancy that will arise.
Council will exercise its governance responsibility with respect to the selection process, mindful to ensure that a successor is appointed within the timeframe that applies and in order to facilitate a smooth transition in the very important portfolio of transformation, student affairs and social responsiveness.
We thank Professor Feris for her role as DVC and for the contribution that she has made in this role during a critical period in UCT’s history.
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng
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