Professor David Norris has been appointed the new Vice Chancellor of the University of Botswana, taking over the position left by Professor Thabo Fako last year. Professor Kgomotso Moahi has been acting on the position. Sources say the university staff was officially informed of the developments on Thursday. Professor Norris has been working as Deputy Vice Chancellor at the Botswana International University on Science and Technology in Palapye, having joined it in June last year. Norris is a highly regarded academic with vast experience in research development and innovation, teaching & learning; curriculum development and review. He holds a PHD in Quantitative Genetics and Animal Breeding from the Michigan State University, Michigan, USA. He read for his MSc in Animal & Forge Sciences from the University of Reading (UK). He also holds a BSc – Biology & Physics attained from the University of Botswana. He also attended a number of leadership and professional programmes including: Certificate – Agricultural Research for Development (ICRA – Netherlands) and Graduate Certificate – Agricultural Research for Development. He was a member of American Dairy Science Society (1997 – 2005); American Society of Animal Science (1995 – 2004) and is currently a member of the South African Society of Animal Science. He has served in different capacities in Botswana, the United States of America (USA), and South Africa. Prior, to joining BIUST, he was the Director of the School of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences at the University of Limpopo, South Africa. He has held number key positions at the University of Limpopo; he joined as Assistant Professor and rose through the ranks to full Professor. He has also lectured at Austin Peay University, USA and worked for the Government of Botswana at the Ministry of Agriculture, as Senior Research Officer. He has also been involved in a number of consultancy and community outreach activities such as: strategies for local economic development; development and management of agricultural business projects, and service delivery optimisation strategies.