Cheryl de la Rey Biography, Age, Career & Net Worth


Cheryl Merle de la Rey is the current Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand who has been in office since 2019.

Cheryl de la Rey


Professor Cheryl de la Rey earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1983, a Bachelor of Arts Honours in 1984, and a Master of Arts in 1986, all from the University of Natal. She holds the title of Psychologist.

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Professor De la Rey served as the University of Cape Town’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor until being named Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria in November 2009, succeeding Calie Pistorius.

Cheryl de la Rey was the topic of a letter critical of the University of Canterbury’s attempt to investigate Anne-Marie Brady’s studies on Chinese Communist Party influence in New Zealand in October 2020.

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Current Positions

  • Member – Board of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) (2020–present)
  • Chair – Science, Engineering and Technology for Women (SET4W) (2007–present)
  • Chair – National Research Foundation Rating Panels (2002–present)
  • Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae – University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (2019–present)

Former Positions

  • Chair – Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (2002–2004)
  • Executive Director – National Research Foundation (2000–2002)
  • Vice-Chancellor – University of Pretoria, South Africa (2009–2018)
  • Chair – National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) (2015-2019)
  • Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Higher Education (CHE)
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Cheryl de la Rey Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of $200,000 which she has earned as a professor.


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