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Stellenbosch University appoints new rector

Professor Willem de Villiers takes the helm after former rector Professor Russel Botman passed away in June.

Professor Willem de Villiers has been appointed as the new Maties rector and vice chancellor on 1 December 2014. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Stellenbosch has announced Professor Willem 'Wim' de Villiers will lead Maties as the new rector and vice chancellor.

The announcement was made on campus earlier today.

De Villiers takes the helm after former Rector Professor Russel Botman passed away suddenly six months ago.

He is a medical doctor who served at the University of Cape Town's Faculty of Health Sciences.

He admits he has big shoes to fill as he takes the reigns from Botman to lead the university into the future.

He says his passion is research and he wants to embed intensive research into the university's culture.

De Villiers adds the research has to be locally relevant and globally competitive with a focus on strategic themes like poverty, inequality and unemployment.

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