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List of UCT Vice Chancellors till date


UCT’s vice chancellor is the institution’s chief executive officer, commonly known as the principal. The Vice Chancellor (VC) is in charge of the university’s overarching policy and administration.

Mamokgethi Phakeng is the eighth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town since it became a university in 1918.

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UCT Vice Chancellors

The following is a list of UCT’s previous vice chancellors, dating all the way back to 1918.

  1. Sir John Carruthers Beattie (1918–1938)
  2. AW Falconer (1938–1947)
  3. TB Davie (1948–1955)
  • RW James (in an acting capacity, 1956–1957)
  1. JP Duminy (1958–1967)
  2. Sir Richard Luyt (1968–1980)
  3. Stuart Saunders (1981–1996)
  4. Mamphela Ramphele (1997–2000)
  5. Njabulo S Ndebele (2000–2008)
  6. Max Price (2008–2018)
  7. Mamokgethi Phakeng (2018–)
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