Prof (NI) Nicky Morgan 
Acting Vice-Rector: Institutional Change, Student Affairs, and Community Engagement

Prof Nicky Morgan

Professor Morgan joins the UFS as Acting Vice-Rector: Operatioins after holding a similar position at the Central University of Technology (CUT) and the University of Johannesburg.

Prof Nicholas Morgan is the former Interim Vice-Chancellor of the Walter Sisulu University, where he was appointed in November 2004. In this capacity he was tasked with leading the institution successfully through the integration phase of a merger between July 2005 and December 2006.

His primary responsibility was to ensure good governance, financial stability, quality assurance, and the smooth consolidation of the systems, structures, and academic programmes of the three institutions, namely the former Border Technikon, Eastern Cape Technikon and the University of the Transkei.

Prior to this position, since October 2002, Prof Morgan was the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Transkei. He accepted this after spending a successful year (2001) at UNITRA in the role of state-appointed Administrator – appointed by Minister Kader Asmal.

Under his leadership, UNITRA embarked upon a successful restructuring exercise, enabling it to regain financial and governance stability and to take its place as a significant contributor to the restructuring of the South African higher-education sector. Within six years, UNITRA’s finances went from a bank overdraft of R97 m to a positive of approximately R40 m.

During Prof Morgan’s tenure as Vice-Chancellor, UNITRA, among other achievements, supported the revitalisation of the academic project and growth in its research and publications output, demonstrated a return to good governance, and produced four consecutive unqualified audit reports for the first time in many years.

Prof Morgans’ previous positions also include Vice-Principal: Academic at the former Technikon South Africa in Gauteng, and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management at the University of the Western Cape.

His foreign travels include the USA, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Guatemala, Finland, the Netherlands, Cuba, Australia, Malaysia, Bangkok, Singapore, Kenya, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ivory Coast, and Ghana.

Prof Morgan holds degrees from the University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University, and Cornell University in the USA. He is also a Fulbright Scholar.