CV - PROF CHERYL DE LA REY
Prof Cheryl Merle de la Rey was born and raised in Durban. She completed her schooling at Parkhill Senior Secondary School in 1979 and completed her BA at the former University of Natal with distinction in Psychology in 1983. The following year she completed her Honours degree (cum laude) and in 1986 her Masters degree (with distinction).
In 1999 she was awarded a PhD by the University of Cape Town (UCT) after completing her dissertation which focussed on the career narratives of women professors.
She began her professional career as a teacher, initially at Parkhill Senior Secondary School and then at Marianridge Senior Secondary School. In 1987 she accepted an academic position in the Psychology Department at the former University of Durban-Westville (UDW).
In 1995 she joined the Psychology Department at the University of Cape Town (UCT), initially as a lecturer, moving up the ranks to senior lecturer in 1997 and to associate professor in 2001. While at UCT Prof de la Rey was seconded to the National Research Foundation (NRF) where she served as Executive Director: Research Promotion until her appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Psychology at UCT in 2002.
In 2008 she took office as Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and in July 2009 she was appointed as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria.
Prof de la Rey has a notable publication record, having authored several journal articles, books and book chapters in her discipline, Psychology. Over the years, Prof de la Rey has played a key role in several education policy- and research-related committees. She is currently a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation, the National Human Resource Development Council, the Council of the Botswana University of Science and Technology and the Planning and Review Committee of the International Council for Science. She is registered as a Psychologist by the Health Professions Council of South Africa; is a fellow of the Psychological Association of South Africa and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.