Judy Dlamini elected Chancellor of Wits University
Leading businesswomen, author and philanthropist Dr Judy Dlamini has been elected as the new Chancellor of the University, effective 1 December 2018. She takes the reins from Justice Dikgang Moseneke, who has served for two six-year terms in this position.
“It is an honour and a pleasure to be elected as the Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand, one of the most prestigious universities on the continent. I would like to thank Convocation for its confidence in me. I look forward to working with all sectors of the Wits community,” Dlamini said.
A medical doctor by training, Dr Dlamini is the founder and executive chairman of the Mbekani Group. She has worked in different sectors of the economy using her diverse skills sets and postgraduate education, including an MBA from Wits, a Doctorate in Business Leadership and an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate from Stanford University.
“The University is privileged to have Dr Judy Dlamini serve as the Chancellor of one of the leading institutions on the African country," said Professor Tawana Kupe, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand.
"She is a public figure of very high distinction and personal calibre and reflects the University’s commitment to intellectual integrity and academic excellence."
The Chancellor of the University is the titular head of the institution. It is a voluntary position which has a six year term of office. The Chancellor often acts as a sounding board to the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the institution. The Chancellor presides over the General Assemblies of the University and constitutes graduation congregations of the University for each ceremony.
The Chancellor of the University is elected by its Convocation, which according to statutory stipulations, comprise of the following members: All graduates; full-time academic members of staff; Professors Emeriti; the Vice-Chancellor and Principal; the Vice-Principal, Deputy Vice-Chancellors; the University Registrar; retired academic employees who were on the permanent staff in continuous employment at Wits for not less than 10 years immediately prior to retirement.
Convocation also elects its own Chancellor, President of Convocation (who is ex officio the chairperson of the Convocation ExCo and certain members of the Convocation ExCo. They, together with the Chancellor, represent the interests of graduates and strive to enhance the global reputation of their alma mater.
After practising as a medical family practitioner for many years, Dr Dlamini specialised in Occupational Health and consulted for different companies. Her MBA qualification from Wits University enabled her to change careers. She worked for HSBC Investment Bank, at the Johannesburg office in the Corporate Finance division.
She holds an MBChB from the University of Natal, a Doctorate in Business Leadership from UNISA, an MBA from Wits University and an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate from Stanford University.
Dr Dlamini is Founder and Executive Chairman for Mbekani Group that celebrated 20 years in business in 2016. She is the former Chairman of Aspen Pharmacare Limited (Aspen) a JSE-listed South African pharmaceutical manufacturer and distributor. The group has operations and investments in different sectors of the economy. Previous Board appointments include Anglo American plc, Discovery Holdings, and Woolworths Holdings.
She is a published author of ‘’Equal but Different”, which was a bestseller for several weeks, and a co-founder and trustee of the Mkhiwa Trust, a Public Benefit Organisation that the family uses for social investment.
In 2016 she accepted the African Economy Builder Lifetime Achiever Award, and in 2018 she will receive an honorary doctorate from the Nelson Mandela University.
Source: University of Witwatersrand