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8 June 2016
Second Brian O’Connell Visiting Fellows Lecture

Second Brian O’Connell Visiting Fellows Lecture

Professor Tyrone Pretorius, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape (UWC), extends a cordial invitation to academics, scholars and members of the public to the Second Brian O’Connell Visiting Fellows Lecture.

UWC has recently received a grant from the Kresge Foundation and Atlantic Philathropies to establish a prestigious Brian O'Connell Visiting Fellowship for Scholars from the African diaspora, in the name of our former Vice-Chancellor in recognition of his contribution to higher education in South Africa. Professor O’Connell served UWC as Rector and Vice-Chancellor for 13 years before retiring at the end of 2014. He also served on a national level in several fora and on higher education committees. The Fellowship is reserved for distinguished scholars from the African diaspora who are working in Africa or in other countries.

The Second Brian O’Connell Visiting Fellows Lecture will be delivered by Professor David Ledoux, Emeritus Professor of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia.

Date: Wednesday 8 June 2016
Time: 11:30
Venue: School of Public Health, 1A & 1B, UWC
Title: "The importance of recognizing and taking advantage of opportunities for a successful career”
RSVP: Ms Andrea Florus, email:

Professor Emeritus of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia Missouri - Professor David Randolph Ledoux’s brief curriculum vitae is provided below.

o date, Dr. Ledoux has authored or co-authored a total of 111 refereed journal publications, directed eight PhD programs, fourteen MS programs, and has served on the committees of 65 graduate students. He is currently supervising the program of one MS student. In addition, Dr. Ledoux has served as academic advisor for approximately 15-20 undergraduate students annually within the Department, and has twice received an Outstanding Advisor Award from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

Dr. Ledoux has served as an Associate Editor for the Poultry Science Journal and was the Poultry Science Association’s representative on the board of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). Dr. Ledoux was awarded the 2002 AFIA Poultry Nutrition Research Award by the Poultry Science Association, and was also awarded the University of Missouri Faculty Diversity Enhancement Award in 2002.

Dr. Ledoux completed a Fulbright Scholar Research/Lecturing assignment in Brazil in 2002.  In recognition of his international work he was one of the first recipients of the University of Missouri’s International Scholar Award in 2009, and was selected to receive the 2011 Provost Award for Leadership in International Education. 

Dr. Ledoux has visited and presented his research in over 30 countries worldwide, and every other year since 2002 has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Dr. Ledoux has also hosted 12 international faculty and 35 international interns over this time period.  In recognition of his international work, Dr. Ledoux was the recipient of the 2014 Bouffault International Animal Agriculture Award from the American Society of Animal Science.

Dr. Ledoux is a member of the Poultry Science Association, the World Poultry Science Association, and the American Society of Animal Science.  He was selected in 2016 to be the second distinguished Brian O’Connell Visiting Fellow of the University of the Western Cape.  Dr. Ledoux is the father of four children, and grandfather of five children.

Download a programme here.