Recruitment, selection and appointment of Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Posted on July 29, 2018

In the pursuit of the ideals of excellence and diversity, applications are awaited for the position of Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University of Pretoria which will become vacant on 1 January 2019.


The University of Pretoria is one of the leading research universities in South Africa.  The University’s nine faculties and its business school offer a wide spectrum of under- and postgraduate programmes, which are recognised internationally. The University prides itself on producing well-rounded and innovative graduates, responsible and productive citizens, and future leaders. Research at the University is at the centre of its strategic plan, UP 2025. Equally important is the University’s international visibility and the impact of its research and innovation on socio-economic development in South Africa and further afield.

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal is the head of the University and accepts overall responsibility for the academic stature of the institution, as well as its effective and efficient management.  The Vice-Chancellor and Principal is accountable to the University Council and is assisted in the management and administration of the University by the members of the Executive and the senior management team.

Duties:  The Vice-Chancellor and Principal is the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the University.  The incumbent is expected to play a visionary and leading role in the strategic management of the University.  He/she acts as Chairperson of Senate. He/she represents the University and must be able to communicate with and build the image of the University among all stakeholders.

Post requirements: 

  • An academic qualification at doctoral level as well as a proven record of academic excellence.
  • Proven leadership, management and communication skills on a senior management level.
  • In-depth knowledge and a strategic understanding of the higher education environment as well as the challenges faced by universities in South Africa and internationally.
  • Experience of and insight into the operational environment within which universities function.

Applicants must accept in writing the University’s Regulation and Procedure for the Appointment of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal and the timeframe set in respect of the appointment process.

The University’s Regulation and Procedure for the Appointment of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal and the timeframe set in respect of the appointment process are available below:

Application process:  An application consisting of: (1) a written acceptance of the applicable regulation governing the appointment process and the timeframe; (2) a declaration of intent (vision statement); (3) a comprehensive curriculum vitae; (4) an abridged curriculum vitae; and (5) the names and contact details of at least three contactable referees must reach the Office of the Director:  Human Resources by no later than 12:00 on 31 August 2018.  Applications may be delivered by hand to Room 4-39, Administration Building, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria or emailed to [email protected]. Only applications received before the deadline by means of one of the two methods indicated will be considered.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference will be given, but is not limited, to candidates from under-represented designated groups.

All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply. All candidates agree to the verification of personal credentials and competency assessments.

The University of Pretoria reserves the right to not fill the advertised position.

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