Rhodes University appoints first black woman as deputy vice chancellor

Rhodes University appoints first black woman as deputy vice chancellor

Dr Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela is Rhodes University's Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) in charge of Academic and Student Affairs. PHOTO: Supplied

Dr Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela is described as an ‘outstanding and highly accomplished academic’. 

Rhodes University on Monday announced the appointment of the first black woman deputy vice-chancellor (DVC), Dr Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela, who will be in charge of academic and student affairs.

Rhodes University spokesperson Velisile Bukula said Dr Monnapula-Mapesela succeeds Dr Chrissie Boughey who retired at the end of June, following 20 years of service to the university.

“She (Boughey) served as DVC: academic and student affairs since 2014.”

Bukula said while addressing Council on Friday, vice-chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela paid tribute to Dr Boughey whom he described as having “very few equals in South Africa and abroad”.

He thanked her for “the excellent contribution” she made in various capacities at the University”.

Dr Mabizela then described Dr Monnapula-Mapesela as an “outstanding and highly accomplished academic”.

“We are deeply grateful and very proud to have her as a key member of the senior management team in her role. We look forward with anticipation to her contribution,” he told Council.

Bukula said in the last ten years before joining Rhodes University, Dr Monnapula-Mapesela was the dean for academic development and support at the Central University of Technology in the Free State Province, as well as senior director for the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching.

“She previously worked as an Associate professor at the University of the Free State where she held several other academic positions in nine years. Her international academic experience includes working as a visiting professor in the Executive Directorate in Education Administration Programme at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.”

Dr Monnapula-Mapesela’s qualifications include a PhD in higher education studies and a Masters degree in education from the University of the Free State. She holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in higher education from Rhodes University. She also has two undergraduate degrees, one in education and another in science from the Universities of the Orange Free State and Lesotho respectively.

“She obtained her Bachelors of Education and Masters Degrees with distinction. Her Post-Graduate Diploma in higher education was awarded with exceptional distinction.

“The new DVC also serves as a deputy chairperson of Umalusi Council and is a member of Council for Higher Education,” said Bukula.

– African News Agency

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