Prof Herman van Schalkwyk

Prof Herman van Schalkwyk CEO Suid Wes Landbou Leeudoringstad. South Africa.

He firmly believes that there is no substitute for excellence, and he is a great advocate of participatory management. That is Prof Herman van Schalkwyk in a nutshell. Not that he would fit into any nutshell – or box for that matter.

Herman van Schalkwyk who has distinguished himself in several fields was since 1 February 2010 in the position of Rector of the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University in South Africa until February 2016.
Over the years, Prof Herman has published 68 articles in academic and scholarly journals. He has also made 10 book contributions and has published six academic workbooks. In addition, he has published 52 popular articles, completed 102 research and project reports, presented 75 papers nationally and 38 abroad, as well as 132 popular science papers at events such as farmers days.

He was born in Johannesburg and grew up in Warden in the Eastern Free State where he matriculated in 1984,Dirkie Uys High School, Warden, South Africa

Agriculture is in his blood

The farmers days hint to Prof Herman’s background as a well-respected agriculturist. He obtained his doctorate in Agricultural Economics in 1995 at the University of Pretoria.

He later lectured at the same university and also at the University of the Free State. Prof Herman believes that his experience as lecturer and later as Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and as member of the University of the Free State's top management.