MUT appoints Executive Director of Institutional Advancement

Dr Connie Israel

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has appointed the Executive Director: of Institutional Advancement (IA). Dr Connie Israel started in her new position on 1 August 2022. Dr Israel said IA is a new department at MUT.

“This position seeks to consolidate an integrated approach to mechanisms that will advance the University in realising its mission, vision and goals, and to ensure a sustainable future,” Dr Israel said. IA incorporates Marketing and Communications, International Relations, Enterprise Development, and Fundraising and Development. Dr Israel described these divisions as “key pillars”.  She said there was a “dire need” to project MUT onto the international map and on the radar of potential donors, to establish a higher education environment and platform, which not only enables success and excellent performance but also brings satisfaction and sustainability.

Dr Israel said IA will engage stakeholders who are all partners in the academic enterprise, of which students are the core. These include Council and Executive Management, academics and researchers, alumni, government, community, donors (foundations, trusts, individuals) and the private sector.

“All have a potential role to play in contributing to the success of the higher education enterprise in South Africa, and specifically here, at MUT,” Dr Israel said.

Dr Israel, an academic by background, last worked at the Durban University of Technology. She also worked at the University of Zululand and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Now she is back at MUT after a 15 years hiatus.

Dr Israel served MUT as Head of the Department of Communication and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences. Dr Israel said she was looking forward “to bringing my resources and experience to bear here. Every experience is an opportunity to grow…oneself and others,” she concluded.