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SU leaders over 100 years - Stellenbosch University

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SU leaders over 100 years

STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY LEADERSHIP: 1918 – 2018


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

Professor Johannes Izaak (JI) Marais

Professor Johannes Izaak (JI) Marais

SU Chancellor 1918–1919

Prof PJG de Vos

Prof PJG de Vos

SU Chancellor 1919–1931

Chief Justice JAJ de Villiers

Chief Justice JAJ de Villiers

SU Chancellor 1931–1932

Prof A Moorrees

Prof A Moorrees

SU Vice-Chancellor 1918–1932 and SU Chancellor 1932–1938

Judge HS van Zyl

Judge HS van Zyl

SU Vice-Chancellor 1933–1950

Dr JD Kestell

Dr JD Kestell

SU Chancellor 1939–1941

Dr DF Malan

Dr DF Malan

SU Chancellor 1941–1959

Dr K Bremer

Dr K Bremer

SU Vice-Chancellor 1950–1953

Ds JS Gericke

Ds JS Gericke

SU Vice-Chancellor 1953–1981

Dr TE Dönges

Dr TE Dönges

SU Chancellor 1959–1968

Advocate BJ Vorster

Advocate BJ Vorster

SU Chancellor 1969–1983

Prof HB Thom

Prof HB Thom

SU Chancellor 1983 and SU Rector 1955–1969

PW Botha

PW Botha

SU Chancellor 1985–1988

Prof E Botha

Prof E Botha

SU Chancellor 1998–2007

Dr F Van Zyl Slabbert

Dr F Van Zyl Slabbert

SU Chancellor 2008–2010

Dr JP Rupert

Dr JP Rupert

SU Chancellor 2009–

Prof JJ Smith

Prof JJ Smith

SU Rector 1918–1919

Prof GG Cillié

Prof GG Cillié

SU Rector 1919–1925

Prof SFN Gie

Prof SFN Gie

SU Rector 1925–1926

Prof W Blommaert

Prof W Blommaert

SU Rector 1926–1933

Prof RW Wilcocks

Prof RW Wilcocks

SU Rector 1933–1954

Prof JN de Villiers

Prof JN de Villiers

SU Rector 1970–1979

Prof MJ de Vries

Prof MJ de Vries

SU Rector 1979–1993 (as well as Vice-Chancellor from 1981)

Prof AH van Wyk

Prof AH van Wyk

SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor 1993–2001

Prof CH Brink

Prof CH Brink

SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor 2001–2007

Prof HR Botman

Prof HR Botman

SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor 2007–2014

Prof W de Villiers

Prof W de Villiers

SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor 2015–

- By Prof Matilda Burden -