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Operations and Finance


​Prof Leopoldt van Huyssteen & Prof Stan du Plessis

Operations and Finance supports strategic focuses

​Stellenbosch University (SU) is a world-class institution characterised by, inter alia, an impressive physical infrastructure, ecologically responsible operating practices, a sustainable budget and cutting-edge information and communication systems. These facilities and services are essential for continued academic excellence, and the strengthening of SU's reputation as a respected knowledge partner. A sustainable support service is one that continuously adds value to the operations of the University. Additionally, we run a wide range of overarching institutional initiatives, including systemic sustainability and mobility. This responsibility centre supports the University's four strategic focuses: student success, an expanded knowledge base, a more diverse student and staff corps, and systemic sustainability, with a special focus on the latter. We also provide support in terms of the Universiy's seven institutional strategies, with primary responsibility for the promotion of systemic sustainability and the campus renewal project.

Operations and Finance is a multidimensional responsibility centre in which the following key professional and administrative support services are combined sensibly for the benefit of SU:

  • Financial planning and management
  • The expansion and maintenance of phys​ical infrastructure (working, learning and living spaces) and campus security services
  • The management of institutional projects
  • The management of SU's commercial services and intellectual property commercialisation
  • The promotion of entrepreneurship among students and staff
  • Managing sport as strategic asset
  • The maintenance and management of the University's campus master plan, mobility plan (parking, shuttle service and access control) and risk management system

Through their respective functions, the various divisions in this responsibility centre – Facilities ManagementInnovus,​​ Maties Sport and Finance – contribute to an integrated support services environment.


Ms Mariëtte Hanekom 
Personal Assistant: Chief Operating Officer 
Tel: +27 (0)21 808 9111
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​Prof Leopoldt van Huyssteen

Prof Stan du Plessis

​Prof Leopoldt van Huyssteen is SU’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), the first incumbent of this post. With his retirement planned for the end of 2017, the office is currently in a transitional phase, during which the reigns are gradually handed over to the COO designate, Prof Stan du Plessis. Du Plessis will officially take over at the start of 2018. Until then, they will be sharing the duties and responsibilities of the post and taking decisions jointly. However, all communication with the office of the COO still takes place via the normal, single channel, namely personal assistant Ms Mariëtte Hanekom (see details below).