Governance & management

Unisa is privileged to have the active support and involvement of some of South Africa's most respected, forward-thinking leaders.

Management at Unisa is ultimately responsible for creating an environment and culture that is conducive to the attainment of the university’s vision to be the African university shaping futures in the service of humanity. Part of this responsibility lies in determining the mission, values, goals, objectives, strategies and policies that will safeguard and promote this vision.

The institution has embraced the fact that it needs to adapt quickly to the fast-paced higher education environment of the 21st century. This is reflected in its management style and leadership practice.

Unisa Council

At Unisa, the Council is the overall custodian of good corporate governance and the implementation thereof.


Our chancellor, former president Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki, is the head of the university and confers degrees in its name.

Executive Management

The executive management of Unisa is headed by Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Prof P (Puleng) LenkaBula