DURBAN - The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) announced on Tuesday that Dr Reuel Jethro Khoza had been appointed as the institution’s new chancellor.
UKZN said in a statement that Khoza is an experienced business and transformation leader and acclaimed author.
“Khoza is a distinguished thought leader, an astute businessman, and a renowned voice at the forefront of transformation in the South African political economy.”
The university said as chancellor, Khoza would serve as the titular head of UKZN – presiding at graduation ceremonies – conferring degrees and awarding diplomas and certificates in the name of the university, among other functions.
Khoza said: “I acknowledge with a deep sense of gratitude the appointment as Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. I appreciate how profound an honour this bestows upon me as well as the attendant responsibilities.”
Listing his many positions, UKZN said Khoza is President of the Institute of Directors in South Africa and currently the Chairperson of Dzana Investments (Pty) Ltd, the Public Investment Corporation and Assupol Insurance Group, among others.
He has previously chaired the boards of a number of corporations and entities, including Globeleq, GlaxoSmithKline South Africa and served as a director of JSE Limited, IBM South Africa, Liberty Life Group, Standard Bank Group, Nampak Limited and Old Mutual plc.
Khoza was also involved in the formulation of the King Codes on Corporate Governance in King II, King III and King IV, serving as Mervyn King’s deputy on King III and King IV, respectively.
Khoza has a BA Hons in Psychology (University of Limpopo previously University of the North); a MA in Marketing (University of Lancaster, UK); a doctorate in Business Leadership from Warwick University UK; a LLD honoris causa (Rhodes University) and D Econ honoris causa (University of Free State).
UKZN said it was honoured to have Khoza as chancellor and that he had been appointed to serve the university for a period of four years.