Wits confirms Adam Habib VC offer

Professor Adam Habib has been offered the position of Vice-Chancellor and Principal Wits University.

Professor Adam Habib. Picture: University of Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG - The University of the Witwatersrand on Saturday confirmed it had offered the position of Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the institution to renowned political analyst Adam Habib.

"It is an honour for Wits to offer this position to Professor Adam Habib, whom we believe has the capacity, professionalism, and credentials to lead Wits into the future," the institution said in a statement.

If Habib accepts the position, he will take over from Loyiso Nongxa - whose term expires at the end of May next year.

"The University has made an offer to Professor Habib and will work on contractual details. His starting date will be negotiated."

The university said it hoped Habib would be given time to work alongside Nongxa, to ensure a smooth transition.

The university said the veteran academic was selected from three other candidates, with an overwhelming majority vote from the senior appointments selection committee.

Wits University spokesperson Shirona Patel said Habib, who obtained his Masters and Doctorate degrees in political studies from the City University of New York, had high hopes for the university.

"He's bought into the university's 2022 strategy, which looks at getting Wits into the top 100 universities in the world - that's from about 23, 000 universities - in the next 10 years."

Habib is the deputy vice-chancellor of research, innovation, library and faculty co-ordination at the University of Johannesburg - he has served in that position since 2007.

The published author also serves on numerous external boards, both in South Africa and internationally.

Furthermore, he holds a Masters degree from the University of Natal, an Honours degree from Wits and a BA undergraduate degree from the University of Natal.