The Council consists of staff, a student representative, government officials and captains of industry, who all have expertise in various fields.
One of its first decision was to re-appoint Mr Morné du Toit as Acting Vice-Chancellor.
“The new board is confident that he will continue to lead the University during the stipulated period, to the best of his abilities,” said Nakusera. Du Toit had previously indicated his intention to step down in the role of Acting Vice-Chancellor when the new Council was appointed.
However, he will now serve for the next six months, or until the position is substantially filled.
It is envisaged that the recruitment of the Vice-Chancellor will be concluded in the first half of 2020. Nakusera added that: “It is Council’s wish to see the Institution flourish and continue to creatively meet the needs of students, society and the economy through multiple pathways for excellent education, research, innovation and collaborations with stakeholders. With this in mind, the Council calls on staff members, stakeholders and the wider community to pledge their support to Du Toit’s leadership during this transition period.”
Last week, a media conference was held to brief the public about matters concerning the university’s leadership.
The conference was well attended by journalists who were availed the opportunity to engage the Council Chairperson and management in a free and transparent environment.