Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, currently the deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation at UCT, has been appointed by Council as the new vice-chancellor of the university with effect from 1 July 2018. Professor Phakeng will take over from Dr Max Price, who has held the position since 2008.
The UCT Council congratulated Professor Phakeng on reaching this milestone in her career.
Chair of Council Sipho Pityana said that the decision to appoint Professor Phakeng had followed a competitive recruitment process that included public presentations to stakeholders by the shortlisted candidates. What had stood out was her sound knowledge of the key challenges and opportunities arising from the changing higher education environment both locally and globally.
Commenting on her appointment, Professor 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.