The first chief executive of the University held the office of Chairperson of the Senate. For the first 17 years, the executives were alternately called Chairperson of the Senate or Rector, until the office was permanently known as Rector as from January 1935. For the purposes of recordkeeping, the Chairpersons of the Senate are also regarded as Rectors.
From 1918 to 1981, the office of Vice-Chancellor was separate from that of Rector and during this period of 64 years, was held by only four persons. In 1981 the offices of Vice-Chancellor and Rector were allocated to the same person. Prof Mike de Vries was the first person to hold both offices simultaneously.
By Prof Matilda Burden
SU Vice-Chancellor 1918–1932 and SU Chancellor 1932–1938
SU Vice-Chancellor 1933–1950
SU Vice-Chancellor 1950–1953
SU Vice-Chancellor 1953–1981
SU Chancellor 1983 and SU Rector 1955–1969
SU Rector 1979–1993 (as well as Vice-Chancellor from 1981)
SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor 1993–2001
SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor 2001–2007
SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor 2007–2014
SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor 2015–
- By Prof Matilda Burden -