Lephoto appointed NUL Acting VC

Lephoto appointed NUL Acting VC

ROMA -Professor ’Manthoto Lephoto has been appointed the Acting Vice-Chancellor at the National University of Lesotho (NUL).
Prof Lephoto, who is currently a Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the NUL, is taking over from Professor Nqosa Mahao who is leaving the university with effect from June 1.
In a statement released to the media on Tuesday, the university thanked Prof Mahao “for his illustrious service to this important national institution of higher learning”.
The university said Council had already begun a process to search for Mahao’s successor.
Mahao’s term was due to expire in November this year but he is leaving early after he sealed a separation deal with the Council last month.
He has served as Vice-Chancellor since 2014.

Mahao’s decision to leave the university came two months after he was elected the ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC) deputy leader at the party’s elective conference in early February.
He has however not been allowed to assume the reins after some ABC members challenged his election in the High Court.
The matter is still pending in the courts.
In its statement on Tuesday, the NUL Registrar, Liteboho Maqalika-Lerotholi said Mahao “had distinguished himself as an outstanding and visionary leader who spearheaded a series of game-changing initiatives that repositioned the university as a premier institution of higher learning”.

The university cited a number of initiatives it said were spearheaded by Mahao during his four and half year tenure.
The statement cited a review of academic programmes and the introduction of new ones to respond to national development needs.
It said Mahao had pushed for the roll-out of the open and distant learning mode at the Institute of Extra-Mural Studies in Maseru.
The university said Mahao had pushed for “the establishment of the National University of Lesotho Innovation Hub and the conceptualisation of the National University of Lesotho Industrial Park”.

The projects laid “a foundation for the university’s contribution in the development of a national productive economy and industrial base”.
To ensure the National University of Lesotho was viable financially, Mahao oversaw the setting up of “Tloutle Holdings (Pty) Ltd as a commercial arm to strengthen the university’s quest to broaden its revenue base”.
The university also paid tribute to Mahao’s astute management style that saw the university clearing the heavy backlog of financial audits.
It said “NUL’s financial audits are now almost up-to-date”.
“Under his leadership the university enjoyed the longest spell of industrial stability,” the statement said.

Staff Reporter

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