Mr John Richard Neill is the new director of the Department of Institutional Planning. Mr Neill has extensive experience in the field of tertiary education as an academic and in university planning and institutional research with over 20 years management experience in university and public sector organisations.
Mr Neill has worked extensively in strategy formulation, implementation, project management and monitoring and evaluation in a university setting and in the public sector. He has provided professional support and advice to senior level university leadership and public sector executives (Vice Chancellors, Governing Councils, and Permanent Secretaries and National Government). Of specific note is Mr Neill’s contribution to the Development of the National Human Resource Development Strategy (2009) and the subsequent establishment of the Human Resource Development Council and the Botswana Qualifications Authority.
Before joining UB, he was Institutional Planning Director at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology. He has also served as Director Policy and Planning for the Tertiary Education Council as well as Director Operations and Projects for the Human Resource Development Advisory Council. Between 2013 and 2015 he served as Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Council.
Mr Neill is not new to the University of Botswana in that he was Deputy Director Institutional Research in the Department of Institutional Planning between 1999 and 2005. He further served as senior lecturer and Head of Department in the Department of Library and Information Studies between 1979 and 1999.
Mr Neill was born in York England and became a citizen of Botswana in 2009. With regard to his professional qualifications, Mr Neil possesses Master of Library and Information Science obtained from Loughborough University of Technology in 1978-1979 and Professional Associate of the Library Association (UK) obtained from Birmingham Polytechnic 1972-1974.
The position of Director Institutional Planning at UB occupies a strategic leadership position with overall responsibility to ensure the University’s strategic plan and corporate and unit level plans are developed, implemented; that progress is evaluated and monitored and that the University reports performance to Council and key external stakeholders and the shareholder.
While the University established the Directorate in 2000 due to changes in the internal operating environment this is effectively a start-up position to re-establish the Directorate as an Office of Strategy Management responsible for Strategy Formulation and Execution as well as the measurement and reporting on the performance and progress of the University Strategy.