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Chancellor Stefanus Ignatius de Necker, B.Tech., LLB (Honours), FNWC


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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Chancellor Stefanus Ignatius de Necker, B.Tech., LLB (Honours), FNWC

Chancellor Stefanus Ignatius de Necker is a Fellow of New Westminster College. He has an outstanding record of ethical leadership and is a research scholar and served as Ex-officio Chancellor of Glen Agricultural College from 2002 to 2006 in Free State Province, Republic of South Africa. His professional experience includes:

  • Chancellor of Glen Agricultural College, Free State Province, Republic of South Africa
  • Governor, Board of Governors, Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, Free State Province, Republic of South Africa
  • Head, Department of Agriculture, Free State Province, Republic of South Africa
  • Legal Advisor, Department of Agriculture, Free State Province, Republic of South Africa

After he matriculated he studied at the University of the Free State and obtained his CTA in 1969. In 1973, he was appointed Auditor of the Southern Free State Development Board, and in 1977, he joined the international computer firm ICL Ltd. where he qualified as programmer, systems analyst and systems designer.

In 1978, Stefanus was appointed Financial Controller of ICL, and in 1984, he obtained a B.Tech. degree in Management Science and Business Leadership from the Central University of Technology. During 1979, he was awarded membership of the International Atlas Club for Top Achievers. In 1995, he was appointed Labour Relations Advisor to the Public Service Commission of South Africa, and in 1997, he obtained his Honours degree in Labour Law at the (then) Rand Afrikaans University, which is now known as the University of Johannesburg.

Stefanus was promoted to Counsel of the Department of Agriculture in the Free State, and in 2002, he was appointed Assistant Director General and Head of the Department. As Head of the Department, he also served ex-officio, as Chancellor of the Glen Agricultural College in the Free State. He retired in 2006.

During his career, Stefanus served in different capacities on the management committees of several professional, cultural and political bodies and organisations, inter alia, the South African National Artisan Training Board, the Free State Industrial Council for the Furniture Industry, Free State Child and Family Welfare Society, Institute for Public Administration of South Africa, South African Institute for Organisation and Work Study, the Alumnae societies of the University of the Free State as well as the Central University of Technology, founding member of the Society for the Protection of South Africa’s Cultural Heritage, and as member of the South African Institute for Internal Auditors and Accountants. He holds a number of Directorships of Companies and Trusteeships.

After Chancellor Ignatius de Necker’s retirement from Public Service in 2006, he became intensely involved in agricultural renewal and development in Southern Africa. His primary concern was the re-establishment of sustainable and viable agricultural development in the former (pre-1994) independent and self governing black territories of South Africa. He is responsible for the development of the “ARPM Agricultural Development Model” which is currently recognised by a number of leading South African economists and financiers as the leading agricultural development model for South Africa and Africa as a whole.

Chancellor Ignatius de Necker’s is well respected and has authored and published 123 scholarly publications.

As a Fellow of New Westminster College, Chancellor Stefanus Ignatius de Necker is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.