Professor Tawana Kupe as the new Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University. He will take up the position of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
Prof. Kupe holds BA Honours and Master’s degrees in English from the University of Zimbabwe, as well as a DPhil in Media Studies from the University of Oslo in Norway. He served as Executive Dean of the University of the Witwatersrand’s Faculty of Humanities for six years, after serving as the Head of the then Wits School of Literature and Language Studies, and was also the founding Head of the Media Studies Department.
More recently, he was Vice-Principal of Wits, responsible for the daily running of the University and the coordination of operations across all executive portfolios. Prior to this, he held the rotating Vice-Principal post for one year, and also served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Advancement, Human Resources and Transformation from January 2013.
Prior to joining Wits, Prof. Kupe lectured at Rhodes University between 1999 and 2001, and briefly acted as the Head of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies. He joined Rhodes from the University of Zimbabwe, where he worked in various academic capacities from 1988, including as Chairperson of the Department of English, Media and Communication Studies.
Professor Kupe holds a BA Honours degree and Masters in English from the University of Zimbabwe, as well as a DPhil in Media Studies from the University of Oslo in Norway.