Professor Cheryl de la Rey will begin her term as the new UC Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae on Monday, 4 February.
Professor de la Rey said she is delighted and honoured to begin her term, and she looks forward to furthering the progress made by her predecessor.
“I’m honoured to be selected for this position and thank the University of Canterbury Council for its vote of confidence. I look forward to using my skills and experience and to build on the good work of my predecessor,” Professor de la Rey said following her appointment in June of 2018.
Staff members will be introduced to the new Vice-Chancellor at the upcoming Staff Forum on Wednesday, 13 February at 11am. The Staff Forum will be immediately followed by a BBQ lunch, at which time all staff members will have the opportunity to talk to both Professor de la Rey and new Chancellor, Sue McCormack.
In addition to hearing from our new Vice-Chancellor, Chancellor and UCSA President, the first staff forum for 2019 will discuss enrolment numbers, start-of-year activities, updates on recent campus improvements, an upcoming cyber security campaign and more.
Professor de la Rey visited UC in early July 2018 for the UC Open Day | Rā Tōmene, when she took the opportunity to familiarise herself with the city of Christchurch and the campus. She also had the opportunity to meet with the UC Council, SMT and Academic Board during her visit.
About Vice-Chancellor designate Cheryl de la Rey
Professor de la Rey has served as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, South Africa’s largest university, since November 2009. After working her way up the academic ranks within South Africa’s university sector, she took up her first executive position at a relatively young age when she became Executive Director at the National Research Foundation. Thereafter she was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town. She also served as the CEO of the Council on Higher Education. In total she has eighteen years’ experience as an executive in higher education in South Africa. She has a reputation for visionary, strategic thinking accompanied by strong management ability.