International Women's Day is a time to take stock of what has been achieved and what remains to be done. 2020 was a massive missed opportunity to improve gender equity among university leaders.
The sameness of 'weird' university leaderships creates well-documented risks for the sector and adds to the challenges of ensuring higher education meets future needs.
Universities stand to benefit enormously if excellent teachers are celebrated and given the chance to share their skills, and if they have the power to really change their institutions.
In future, universities will only survive if they can produce knowledge fast and innovate. This will require transformational leadership that gets everyone involved.
Could targeted, specific leadership development help university deans become the kinds of managers South African universities need?
Half of the schools in the eight-member Ivy League now have female presidents. What about colleges and universities outside the Ivy League?