Saturday, October 31, 2020

Deputy Vice Chancellor resigns amid fears of uncertainty

The University of Botswana Deputy Vice Chancellor (academic affairs), Professor Frank Youngman, has resigned his position only a few months after his five year contract was renewed.

The Telegraph has established that Professor Youngman has become one of the earliest victims of the change of guard at the university.

Change of guard at the University of Botswana happened recently when Professor Bojosi Otlhogile retired and was replaced by Professor Thabo Fako.

Although he is only a few months into his job, Fako is already accused of centralising power in the office of the Vice Chancellor.

His predecessor had deliberately sought to decentralize power by devolving some of it to his deputies as well as to deans.

Before he left, Otlhogile had appointed Youngman to oversee an elaborate transformation of the university under which there would be established various quasi-independent schools.
That particular exercise has been called off under the new regime.

Identified as a remnant of the old regime, Professor Youngman is said to be just the first of many casualties that are likely to follow.

Youngan is said to have gotten fed up when his transformation responsibilities were spurned.
But the straw that broke the camel’s back came after he was targeted for ridicule, including by Fako’s junior blue-eyed boys, three of whom have been brought in from their various departments as part of the in-coming squad.

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