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The Chancellor holds the formal position of head of the University. He or she confers degrees at graduation ceremonies in the name of the University, and performs other functions assigned by Council. The Chancellor may be called upon to discuss matters of substance with the Vice-Chancellor and the Chair of Council.

The Chancellor is elected by Convocation and has a six-year term of office. He or she may hold office for only two terms.

Dr Judy Dlamini

Wits University

Term of office:
December 2018 - 


Former Chancellors of Wits University:

Prince Arthur of Connaught 1922-1938 

Jan Hofmeyr 1939-1948 

Richard Feetham 1949-1961 

Oliver Deneys Schreiner 1961-1975 

Bertrand Leon “Birch” Bernstein 1975-1982 

Aanon Michael “Mike” Rosholt 1983-1997 

Richard Goldstone 1996-2007 

Dikgang Moseneke 2012-2018