Convocation


ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS: ELECTION OF THE CONVOCATION ADVISORY BOARD OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

 

In accordance with the provisions of the Statute and the approved Institutional Rules of the University of Pretoria, Convocation members were recently invited to nominate suitable candidates to fill the twelve vacant positions on the Convocation Advisory Board (the Board) for a four-year term.

Following the voting phase that commenced on 7 April 2020 and ended on 24 April 2020, the Members’ Committee appointed 12 duly nominated candidates to serve as members of the Board. The Committee’s decision was based on the outcome of the voting process and the consideration of the experience, expertise and diversity requirements of the Board. As specified in the call for nominations, members of the Board must represent the diversity of professions and subject disciplines of the University community and its Alumni. At least one of the appointed members must have expertise and experience related to the humanities cluster and one member expertise and experience related to the sciences, engineering and technology (SET) cluster.

The term of office of the successful candidates is effective from 18 May 2020 to 18 May 2024.

The following candidates have been duly appointed as members of the Board:

  1. Mr Alban Winston Campbell
  2. Mr Louis Martin Cloete
  3. Mr David Jacobus de Villiers
  4. Mrs Nozipho Faith Dlamini
  5. Mr Christiaan Loedolff Fismer
  6. Ms Nomsa Lettie Maseko Hlongwane
  7. Mrs Lucia Lesolang
  8. Mr Didcott Lehlohonolo Makheme
  9. Mr Wergelé McKenzie
  10. Mr Aobakwe Oratile Mongae
  11. Mr Johann Willem Scholtz
  12. Mr Paul Ssali

The Board will function as an advisory body to the University and the Vice-Chancellor and Principal. Its primary objective will be to ensure that all Alumni and other Convocation members work together to build a dynamic Alumni community and to support the University in its fundraising efforts.

May I take this opportunity to congratulate the newly appointed Board on their appointment and express the University’s appreciation for their willingness to serve in this capacity and for their continued support of the University of Pretoria.

Yours sincerely

Prof CMA Nicholson

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Election of the the Convocation Advisory Board

The Convocation

The Convocation is a legally constituted body which includes approximately 300 000 alumni of the University as its largest constituency. Members of the University’s executive, deans of faculties, all current permanent academic staff, professors emeriti and other retired academic employees also form part of the Convocation. As a key stakeholder group, the Convocation has a vested interest in the stature and success of the University. The University’s Convocation structures are regulated by the provisions of the UP Statute (2018) and the Institutional Rules of the University.

The Convocation Advisory Board

The Board will function as an advisory body to the University and the Vice-Chancellor and Principal. Its primary objective will be to ensure that all Alumni and other Convocation members work together to build a dynamic Alumni community. The Board will also support the University in its fundraising efforts.

Nomination of candidates to serve as board members

In accordance with the provisions of the Statute and the approved Institutional Rules of the University of Pretoria, Convocation members were invited to nominate suitable candidates to fill the 12 vacant positions on the Convocation Advisory Board for a four-year term.

The members of the Convocation Advisory Board must represent the diversity of professions and subject disciplines of the University community and its Alumni. At least one of the elected/appointed members must have expertise and experience related to the humanities cluster and one member expertise and experience related to the sciences, engineering and technology (SET) cluster.

In view of this Convocation members were therefore invited to nominate candidates with the requisite stature from amongst the ranks of the Convocation to fill the above-mentioned vacancies.

Nominations closed on 6 March 2020 at 16:00.

Who is eligible to serve as Board member?

The requirements for nomination as set out in the Charter of the Convocation Advisory Board, include that candidates –

  • are members of the Convocation;
  • are not an employee or student of the University of Pretoria or any other higher education institution in South Africa; nor a member of another university’s council and/or formal alumni/convocation governance structures; and
  • are in good standing with the University of Pretoria (i.e. must have complied with all his or her financial obligations and not be subject to any form of sanction or disciplinary censure).

Voting

The electronic voting process commenced on Tuesday, 7 April 2020 at 09:00 and ended on Friday, 24 April 2020 at 16:00

It should be noted that the election was on the suitability of the nominees for appointment to the Convocation Advisory Board. 

Appointments from amongst those voted to be suitable were made by the Members’ Committee, having due regard for the experience, expertise and diversity requirements of the Board.

Documents

 

Charter of the Convocation Advisory Board

 

 

 

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