Dr. Max Price

Emeritus Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town

Max Price was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town in July 2008, completing his ten-year term in June 2018. From 1996 to 2006, he was dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). He also consults in public health, higher education, strategic leadership and advises foundations on research grant making.

After obtaining his medical degree from Wits, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford where he studied philosophy, politics and economics. Following clinical work in academic and rural hospitals in South Africa, he gained a Masters degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He joined the Centre for Health Policy at Wits University in 1988 becoming its director in 1992. He held a Takemi Fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health in 1994/5.

Max’s research has covered the political economy of health in SA, health economics, rural health services, health systems research, health science education and higher education institutional strategy. He is currently writing a book on university leadership.