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Ihron Rensburg

Professor Ihron Lester Rensburg

Johannesburg based University Leader

Born 25-01-1960 in Port Elizabeth South Africa

Ihron Rensburg is the Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg, Commissioner of the National Planning Commission, Councillor of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Chairperson of the Ministerial Committee on Student Accommodation, Member of the Ministerial Committee to Review the Funding of Universities, Director of Higher Education South Africa, and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of READ Foundation

Business Address

Auckland Park, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2092

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Chairman | Southern African Regional Universities Association
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2012 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Councillor | Council | Association of Commonwealth Universities
London, United Kingdom | 2011 - present

Academia, Education and Training


Chairperson | Higher Education and Training | Ministerial Committee on Student Accommodation
Pretoria, South Africa | 2010 - present

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Chairman | READ Foundation
Johannesburg | 2008 - present

Social Development and Community Services

Councillor | St John's College
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2008 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Vice Chancellor and Principal | University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2006 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Previous Position(s)

Chairperson | Board of Directors | Higher Education South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa | 2010 - 2011

Academia, Education and Training

Chairman | Southern Africa Broadcasters Association
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2004 - 2006

Broadcast Media, Multimedia and Film

Chairman | National Association of Broadcasters
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2002 - 2004

Broadcast Media, Multimedia and Film

Chief Executive Strategic Corporate Services | South African Broadcasting Corporation
2001 - 2006

Broadcast Media, Multimedia and Film

Deputy Director General | Department of Education | Government of South Africa
Pretoria | 1995 - 2001

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Visiting Researcher | Education Policy Unit, University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa | 1992 - 1995

Academia, Education and Training

General Secretary | Office of the General Secretary | National Education Co-ordinating Committee
Johannesburg, South Africa | 1986 - 1992

Academia, Education and Training

Pharmacist, Clinical | Livingstone Hospital
Port Elizabeth, South Africa | 1982 - 1984

Medical, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

Educational history


Rhodes University

Completed 1982


Stanford University

Completed 1994


Stanford University

Completed 1996


University Of Pretoria Gordon Institute Of Business Science

Completed 2004

Global Executive Development Programme



Africa-India Leadership Award | 2011

Award for Outstanding Contribution to Leadership in Education in Africa

Eastern Cape Metropolitan Award for Leadership in Education | 2006

Human Sciences Research Council Social Movements Programme | HSRC

WK Kellogg Fellowship | WK Kellogg Foundation

Merck Sharpe & Dohme Pharmaceuticals | Merck Sharpe & Dohme Pharmaceuticals

Academic Achievements

Ph.D., Stanford University | 1996

M.A., Stanford University | 1994

B.Pharm, Rhodes University | 1981

GIBBS, Global Executive Programme, With Distinction | 2004

Africa-India Education Leadership Award | 2011

Stanford University PhD Dissertation High Pass/Distinction | 1996

Ford Foundation Research Fellowship | 1994

HSRC Social Movements Researc Grant | 1994

Rhodes University Scholarship | 1978

Honorary Professor, University of Johannesburg | 2007

For national education thought, strategy and policy leadership, and for outstanding contribution to national education



Johannesburg Country Club

Member, 2007 - present


Rhodes University Black Student Society

Chairman, 1979 - 1981

University black student society

SA Soccer Federation

Member of the Executive, 1984 - 1986

Non-racial anti-apartheid soccer federation

SA Cycling Board

President, 1982 - 1985

Non-racial anti-apartheid cycling association

Grayston Prep

Member of the Board of Governors, 1996 - 1999

Independent prep school governing body

Grahamstown Soccer Association

Chairman, 1979 - 1981

Grahamstown township based football association

Kwazakele Soccer Board

President , 1984 - 1986

Provincial football association operating in the Black townships of Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, Port Alfred and Grahamstown

Eastern Cape Council on Sport

Publicity Secretary, 1982 - 1986

Anti-apartheid and non-racial sport movement affiliated to SACOS.

Port Elizabeth Education Crisis Committee

Secretary, 1985 - 1989

Anti-apartheid education advocacy social movement.

National Education Crisis Committee

General Secretary, 1986 - 1992

National anti-apartheid education advocacy and policy social movement.

READ Foundation

Chairman, Board of Trustees, 2006 - present

Promotes and develops reading and literacy.

Northern Areas Development Trust

Chairman, 2006 - present

Philantrophic and transformative community development trust operating in northern areas of Port Elizabeth.

St Johns College

Councillor, 2008 - present

Independent (Anglican) college providing best of breed pre-prep, prep, college and post-college education.

Bethesda Methodist Church

Chairman of Council of Leaders, 1992 - 2012

Stewardship of church lay community and organisations, and its external mission work

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