Professor Cheryl de la Rey is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria.

She completed her Bachelor of Arts, Honours and Master’s degrees at the University of Natal and her PhD at the University of Cape Town. She has published books and several journal articles in her discipline, Psychology, and her research focuses on gender issues, leadership and higher education policy.

Prior to assuming the leadership role at the University of Pretoria, Cheryl held the positions of CEO of the Council on Higher Education, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UCT and as an Executive Director of the National Research Foundation.

She is registered as a Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and is a Fellow of the Psychological Association of South Africa, the Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa. She is also a member of various national and international boards and committees including the Human Resource Development Council and the International Council of Science’s Strategy and Planning Committee.