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Stellenbosch Business School appoint new Director


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The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) welcomed its new Director, Professor Piet Naudé, on Monday. He used the opportunity to pay homage to Prof Russel Botman, the Stellenbosch University (SU) Vice-Chancellor and Rector.

Naudé joins USB from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth where his last role was that of Deputy Vice-chancellor: Teaching and Learning.

However, he is no newcomer to the Stellenbosch University (SU), having received all his qualifications, including a doctorate in theology and a master’s degree in philosophy, cum laude at Stellenbosch.

Up to today, he is the only student who was president of the SRC and a recipient of the prestigious Chancellor’s Medal as best final-year student. He started off his career as a part-time junior lecturer in philosophy at SU in 1980. He has been a professor extraordinaire at Stellenbosch since 2012.

In his welcoming speech on Monday he said:

“On this spring day, 1 September, I pay homage to Prof Russel Botman, who had such a strong social vision for the SU and USB. He phoned me in February this year to make myself available for the USB Director position. I will fill this position to honour and build on his legacy.

“I wish to thank the Dean, Prof Stan du Plessis, and the management committee who did a sterling job in the time before my appointment. I also wish to thank each one of the staff members – academic and administrative support staff – for doing an honest day’s work to take this school to where it is today.

“Each one’s contribution is crucial and no one is more important than the next. We only succeed because we work as a team with one goal in mind: to build a world-class business school.”

Naude, a well-known academic, public speaker and columnist, has more than twenty years of management experience at university level.

Previously, he expressed his keenness to expand USB’s footprint in Africa by capitalising on the virtual learning opportunities that are opening up. This could offer USB an edge “as the number one business school at the gateway to the rest of Africa”, he said.