Senior UCT staff member and UCT Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) alumnus, Royston Pillay says he is excited by his new appointment as registrar designate of the University of Cape Town (UCT), taking over from longstanding incumbent registrar, Hugh Amoore, who will retire at the end of 2015.
“It is a great opportunity,” says Pillay. “I have been at UCT for 18 years and am now looking forward to making meaningful contributions as registrar from the beginning of 2016.”
He will spend 2015 working closely with Amoore, as part of the transition process. “Having served UCT in many different capacities over the years, I have a good understanding and feel for the university. So I will be building on my own experience to prepare me for my new responsibilities in 2016.”
UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price commented on the appointment by saying, “We are delighted to announce Mr Pillay’s new position and wish him well over the transition period as he prepares to take on the position of registrar.”
The registrar is the head of the academic administration, has overall responsibility for legal matters across the university and is the secretary to the Council, Senate and Convocation, providing services to these bodies necessary for them to fulfill their policy-making and governance roles. The registrar supports the executive officers, deans and heads of departments across a wide range of internal structures and functions.
Pillay joined UCT in 1997 and his previous positions include that of head of the Student Affairs secretariat, faculty manager and director of Student Admissions. Prior to his appointment as registrar designate, he served for a period of 10 years as the director of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor.
He has studied politics, education and business administration at UCT and in 2011, graduated with the Executive MBA (EMBA) from the UCT GSB.
Pillay began his professional career as a teacher and deputy principal of Grassy Park High School in the Cape Flats, gaining a solid background of work in the disadvantaged high school sector.
He also gained an international perspective on university processes through benchmarking visits to universities in the USA (Michigan), Australia (Melbourne and Monash) and the United Kingdom (York, Sheffield, Leeds and the London School of Economics).
Looking ahead, Pillay says, “The University of Cape Town is a prominent institution in South Africa and on the continent, and is respected and recognised internationally. So while all of us at UCT are privileged to be a part of this institution, we need to also think ahead and contemplate a future where we work to find a balance between what we value from the past, while at the same time embracing the exciting challenges that lie ahead.”