Born in Montagu in the Cape, Professor Jonathan Jansen is the Rector as well as Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State.
He is the Honorary Professor of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand and Visiting Fellow at the National Research Foundation. Jansen also serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director for Advtech Limited and is the Chairman at the School Evaluation and Teacher Appraisal.
Professor Jansen is the author of We Need to Talk (2011) and Knowledge in the Blood: How white students remember and enact the past (2009).
His positions have included Administrator at the Durban University of Technology; Chairman of the Ministerial Committees on Further Education and Training and Vice-President of the Academy of Science of South Africa.
He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the Cleveland State University of the USA and the University of Edinburgh in the UK.