From left, newly appointed DVC: Teaching and Learning Prof Denise Zinn, Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz, Chair of Council Judge Ronnie Pillay and newly appointed DVC: Research and Engagement Prof Andrew Leitch.

Professors Andrew Leitch, former Executive Dean of Science, and Denise Zinn, former Executive Dean of Education, have been appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellors at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University as from 1 December 2014.

Both are delighted to have the opportunity to further serve the university in their capacities of DVC: Research and Engagement and DVC: Teaching and Learning respectively.

The appointments were made following the departures of Professors Piet Naude and Thoko Mayekiso.

“There are so many exciting developments currently taking place at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. I look forward to working with management and staff in driving these developments and growing the brand of our wonderful institution, so as to make this a university of choice for all our students and stakeholders,” said Prof Leitch.

Prof Leitch has been acting in the position following the departure of Prof Mayekiso to take up the position as Vice-Chancellor of the new University of Mpumalanga.

Prof Zinn is also looking forward to further engaging with students and staff from a teaching and learning perspective.

“We need to make learning exciting and relevant, and serve the purpose of educating for empowerment, and the public good. We have to cultivate people, not just with good heads, but also good hearts, as Nelson Mandela entreated all of us involved in education.

“In an institution bearing his name, we have to show how we can achieve this. I will use my energy and expertise, together with our staff, to put ‘the heart’ into higher education,” she said.

Prof Zinn will fill the position previously held by Professor Piet Naude, who left NMMU to head up the University of Stellenbosch Business School.