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General Management

​​​​​​​​The functions of the University are guided by the Higher Education Act (Act 101 of 1997) and the Statute of Stellenbosch University (SU) (2019). The Statute defines the role of the University's office bearers, statutory bodies and institutional governance structures.

Office Bearers

The Chancellor is the ceremonial or titular head of the University. The Vice-Chancellor and Rector​ is also the chief executive officer of the University. The four Deputy Vice-Chancellors and the Registrar are also office bearers of the University. The Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellors have the power to award degrees duri​ng graduations.

Management Structures

The Rectorate is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the University. The Rectorate consists principally of the Vice-Chancellor and Rector, four Deputy Vice-Chancellors responsible for the various functions of the institution and the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the finance and operations of the University. The Deputy Vice-Chancellors are respectively responsible for Learning and Teaching​; Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies;  Social Impact​, Transformation and Personnel and Strategy, Global and Corporate Affairs. The Registrar ensures good governance and that the academic administration of the University runs smoothly. 

The Rector may appoint senior staff to attend the meetings of the Rectorate and to support the operations of the Rectorate as required. To this effect, the Executive Manager of the Rectorate has been appointed. 

The General Management Committee (GMC) consists of the members of the Rectorate, the Registrar, the Deans of the University's 10 faculties, the Directors of the two Type 3 Schools,  as well as Chief and Senior Directors of the various professional, administrative and support service divisions. Matters of academic and administrative interest are discussed by the GMC and the members serves in an advisory role to the Rectorate.

The Executive (Rectorate)

Prof Wim de Villiers (Rector and Vice-Chancellor)
Prof Stan du Plessis (Chief Operating Officer) 
Prof Hester Klopper (Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Strategy, Global and Corporate Affairs)
Prof Nico Koopman (Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Social Impact, Transformation & Personnel)
Prof Sibusiso Moyo (Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies)
Prof Deresh Ramjugernath (Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Learning and Teaching)
Dr Ronel Retief (Registrar)
Mr Mohamed Shaikh (Executive Manager: Rectorate)


Prof Danie Brink (AgriSciences) 
Prof Anthony Leysens (Arts and Social Sciences)
Prof Mbulungeni Madiba  (Education)
Prof Elmi Muller (Medicine and Health Sciences)
Prof Reggie Nel (Theology)
Prof Nicola Smit (Law) 
Prof Samuel Tshehla (Military Science)
Prof Wikus van Niekerk (Engineering)
Prof Louise Warnich (Science)
Prof Ingrid Woolard (Economic and Management Sciences)

Type 3 School Directors

Prof Guy Midgley (School for Climate Studies)
Prof Kanshu Rajaratnum (School for Data Science and Computational Thinking)

Chief Directors

Ms Ilhaam Groenewald (Sports)
Ms Miriam Hoosain (Human Resources)​
Dr Denisha Jairam-Owthar (Information Technology)
Mr Manie Lombard (Finance)​
Ms Anita Nel (Innovation and Business Development)
Ms Nicolette van den Eijkel (Facilities Management)

Senior Directors

Ms Karen Bruns (Development and Alumni Relations) 
Mr Irfaan Dalvie (Operations)
Dr Wayne Muller (Corporate Communication and Marketing (Acting)​ )​
Ms Christelle Feyt (Student Recruitment)​
Mr Robert Kotzé (Stellenbosch University International)
Mr Gerhard Lipp (Legal Services)
Dr Choice Makhetha (Student Affairs)
Mr Eben Mouton (Business Management: FMHS)
Dr Barbara Pool (Strategic Initiatives and Information Governance)
Adv Hein Swanepoel (SunCom (Commercial Services)
Dr Therina Theron (Research and Innovation)
Ms Ellen Tise (Library and Information Service)
Dr Antoinette van der Merwe (Learning and Teaching Enhancement)
Dr Leslie van Rooi (Social Impact and Transformation)
Dr Pierre Viviers (Campus Health)