Governance structures

The Chancellor The Council The Executive Committee of the Senate
The University Management Committee The Rectorate Representative Council

Powers and duties delegated to the UMC by the Council

The UMC, in co-operation with the Senate and Council, is responsible for the strategic management of the UFS with regard to its focus areas, key success factors, academic support services, and portfolios.

Members of the University Management Committee

Council Chamber ( George du Toit Administration Building)

Rector and Vice-Chancellor
Prof FW (Francis) Petersen


Prof RC (Corli) Witthuhn (Vice-Rector: Research)
Prof P (Puleng) LenkaBula (Vice-Rector: Institutional Change, Student Affairs, and Community Engagement)
Prof P (Prakash) Naidoo (Vice-Rector: Operations)
Prof HJ (Hendri) Kroukamp (Acting: Vice-Rector: Academic)


Mrs JH (Elna) van Pletzen (Acting Registrar:Governance and Policy)
Mr A (Anban) Naidoo (Acting Registrar: Systems and Administration) 


Prof H (Heidi) Hudson (Humanities)
Prof J (John) Mubangizi (Law)
Prof P (Philippe) Burger (Acting: Economic and Management Sciences)
Prof DJ (Danie) Vermeulen (Natural and Agricultural Sciences)
Prof GJ (Gert) van Zyl (Health Sciences)
Prof L (Loyiso) Jita (Education)
Prof SD (Fanie) Snyman (Theology and Religion)
Mr P (Pura) Mgolombane (Student Affairs)

South Campus

Prof D (Daniella) Coetzee (Campus Principal)

Qwaqwa Campus

Dr Martin Mandew (Campus Principal)

Heads of departments

Ms KB (Keitumetse) Eister (Library and Information Services)
Mr CR (Chris) Liebenberg (Finance)
Ms SJ (Susan) van Jaarsveld (Human Resources)
Dr GJ (Glen) Taylor (Research Development)
Dr RV (Vic) Coetzee (Information and Communication Technology Service)
Dr JF (Francois) Strydom (Centre for Teaching and Learning)
Me ES (Lise) Kriel (Acting: DIRAP)
Mr NJ (Nico) Janse van Rensburg (Physical Planning)
Mr CCA (Cornelius) Hagenmeier (International Affairs)
Ms LC (Lacea) Loader (Communication and Marketing)
Mr JCG (JC) van der Merwe (Acting: Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice)
Mr PMB (Billyboy) Ramahlele (Community Engagement)
Ms NE (Nomonde) Mbadi (Student Recruitment Services)
Prof W (Witness) Mudzi  (Postgraduate School)
Ms A (Annamia) van den Heever (Institutional Advancement)
Mr P (Pura) Mgolombane (Dean: Student Academic Services)

President: Central Students’ Representative Council

Mr Asive Dlanjwa (Bloemfontein Campus)
Mr Masopha Hlalele (Qwaqwa Campus)

In advisory capacity

Ms AM (Anita) Lombard (UVPERSU representative)
Mr TD (Thabang) Sepeame (NEHAWU representative)
Ms JH (Elna) van Pletzen (Deputy Registrar)
Mr A (Anban) Naidoo (Director: Academic Student Services)

Secretariat (Meeting Administration)

Ms JAS (Susan) Esterhuizen