Habib appointed Wits rector


Johannesburg - Professor Adam Habib has been appointed as rector of the University of the Witwatersrand, the university said on Thursday.

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Adam Habib, VC Research and Innovation at UJ, Kingsway Jeremy Gordin interview. Photograph: TJ Lemon 09/11/07 Johannesburg

Habib would join the university on Friday, but would take up his new position on June 1, the university council's deputy chairwoman Carole Lewis said in a statement.

“This means that his term of office will overlap with that of the current vice-chancellor and principal, Prof Loyiso Nongxa, for three months,” she said.

This transitional period would allow for the efficient transfer of responsibilities to Habib, who was deputy vice-chancellor for research, innovation, library and faculty co-ordination at the University of Johannesburg.

He also served as executive director of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) from 2004 to 2007, and has worked as a research director for the Centre for Civil Society at the University of Natal.

He is a well-known public and media commentator.

“We are certain that Prof Habib will bring with him a wealth of experience and new ideas on how to take the university into the future,” Lewis said. - Sapa

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