Nqobile Tshili Chronicle Correspondent
FORMER National University of Science Technology (Nust) Vice-Chancellor Professor Lindela Rowland Ndlovu has died. He was 64. The academic who had been battling diabetes, collapsed and died at Galen House Medical centre where he had been rushed for a medical checkup yesterday morning.
Prof Ndlovu’s family spokesperson Tymon Mabhena confirmed his death.
“At the moment there isn’t much we can say. We are still waiting for a postmortem report so that we can establish what claimed his life,” said Mabhena.
Prof Ndlovu had served Nust since 2001 as the university’s senior chemistry lecturer after joining the tertiary institution from the University of Zimbabwe.
In 2005, he was appointed Vice-Chancellor for Nust and served two terms, up to August this year.
Last week he was replaced by Professor Samson Sibanda who was appointed the institution’s acting Vice Chancellor.
Prior to his appointment as the university’s Vice Chancellor Prof Ndlovu served as Nust’s Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic and Research).
He was a holder of PhD in animal nutrition with his area of study bordering on Nutritional Biochemistry that he obtained from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Prof Ndlovu played several administrative roles at Nust’s senates, councils and chaired numerous committees.
Before joining Nust he worked as Dean of Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Zimbabwe where he spearheaded a major curriculum review and initiated inter-departmental research programmes.
Prof Ndlovu was instrumental in development and adoption of an institutional Information Communication Technology (ICT) policy and strengthened Nust’s research capacity.
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