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Alumnus named university campus rector

1992 Ball State alumnus Ntate Daniel Kgwadi wearing South African academic regalia.
1992 Ball State alumnus Ntate Daniel Kgwadi wearing South African academic regalia.

A  Ball State University graduate will become the campus rector of a South African university on January 1, 2005.

Ntate Daniel Kgwadi will serve as chief executive officer of the North-West University campus located in Mafikeng. This newly constituted four–campus university is a result of the merger of the University of the North-West and Potchefstroom University.

Kgwadi completed his doctorate in physics education in 2002 and served as Senior Manager of the National Nuclear Regulator in Centurion for two years. Previously, he taught physics at two universities in his home province, located near the border with Botswana.  He earned the Master of Science degree in physics at Ball State University in 1992. Kgwadi was an active member of the African Students Association while at Ball State, earning a community service award in 1990. His community service interest has continued as founding member and organizer of "Science Clinic", a community-based program to assist local high school science students.

Kgwadi and his wife Mabel are parents of a six year old daughter, Oftense. In his new duties, Kgwadi hopes to be able to make a return visit to Muncie and renew ties with his mentors in Ball State's department of physics.