Prof Dan Kgwadi, the Vice-Chancellor of the Vaal University of Technology, has passed away at the age of 56.
He was a former Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the North-West University in South Africa.
Prof Kgwadi was a committed academic, dedicated to teaching, mentoring, and promoting academic excellence, community service, and partnerships with the public and industry. His death has left the academic world in mourning.
Prof Dan Kgwadi was born in Kraaipan, South Africa, and completed his high school education at Mafikeng’s Kebalepile High School.
He went on to earn a BSc from the University of Bophuthatswana, an MSc in Chemistry from Ball State University, an MPhil from the University of the North in South Africa, and a PhD in Teacher Education from Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education in South Africa. He was a teacher at Phatsima High School.
Prof Kgwadi was put in charge of the Mafikeng campus of North-West University in 2004, and in 2014, he became the Vice-Chancellor of the university. He was the first black Vice-Chancellor who did not speak Afrikaans, and he worked at the main office in Potchefstroom.
When he took over as Vice-Chancellor, over 50% of the students spoke Afrikaans, so he set up interpreter programs in class. He also ensured that students could take tests in either English or Afrikaans, as he wanted to promote a multicultural environment.
Prof Dan Kgwadi Cause Of Death
There is no official report on the cause of Prof Dan Kgwadi’s death at the time of this publication.
However, his family has confirmed the heartbreaking news, and condolences have been pouring in from across the academic community.
Thoughts and prayers are with his friends, family, and the entire school board during this difficult time. Prof Kgwadi will always be remembered for his brilliance, heartwarming character, and contributions to the academic world.