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Prof. Andrew Crouch appointed as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University

- Wits University

Message from the Chairperson of Council, Mr Isaac Shongwe.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Andrew Crouch on his new appointment as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University from 1 April 2020.

With over 27 years of experience as a senior academic in the South African higher education sector, and significant administrative, management and leadership experience, Professor Crouch is the ideal candidate to lead one of our country’s new universities. 

Professor Crouch is the current Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic of Wits University and is responsible for the operational management of the University. He also leads academic and enrolment planning, teaching and learning, quality assurance, e-learning, curriculum transformation and the implementation of Wits’ digital suite.  

Professor Crouch has served as a resolute member of the Senior Executive Team since he joined Wits as the Dean of Science in 2009, during which time he also established the Wits Global Change and Sustainability Research Institute (now the Global Change Institute). He was also instrumental in the planning of the Wits Science Stadium and the Mathematical Sciences Building. Despite the demands of his respective executive roles, Professor Crouch has continued to supervise many postgraduate students and has also continued to publish in peer-reviewed journals.

On behalf of the University of the Witwatersrand, please join me in wishing Professor Andrew Crouch well as he takes over the reins at Sol Plaatje University. He has served Wits with integrity and honour, for which we are immensely grateful. Thank you, Professor Crouch, and go well.

Way forward

I am aware that the departure of Professor Crouch in April 2020 will result in the reshuffling of portfolios in the Senior Executive Team and that it may necessitate some restructuring. We are fortunate to have strong leadership at the executive level and the Vice-Chancellor and I will keep you apprised of developments on this front in the New Year.

Please allow me this opportunity to wish you all well over the holiday period.


Mr Isaac Shongwe

Chairperson of the Council of

The University of the Witwatersrand