Visser gets recognition as influential woman in SA
The Director of the School of Accounting Sciences of the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus has just been named one of the country’s most influential women in education and training.
Prof Susan Visser received the award in the business magazine, CEO’s (Celebrating Excellence in Organisations) competition to honour women in South Africa’s contribution in the business world and the government.
Prof Elsabé Loots, Dean of the Faculty of Economic Sciences, Prof Cara Jonker, Prof Susan Visser and Ms Phumzile Mmope, Executive Director: Corporate Affairs of the NWU, at the awards ceremony.
Dr Wendy Ngoma, acting head of Wits’ Business School, presented the award to her during a gala event held in the Sandton Conference Centre on Friday 29 July 2011.
A colleague of Visser in the School of Human Resource Sciences, Prof Cara Jonker, took second place in this category – Education and Training: Academics.
Visser is well known in accounting circles and a national prize-winning researcher who has already made her mark in her specialist field. She is a very popular lecturer who has already received the Institutional Award for Teaching Excellence (ITOU) seven times for her excellent teaching skills.
In 2004 Visser was the first woman to be honoured by the Southern African Accounting Society for excellent teaching in accounting. She was also the first woman to be honoured by the same Society for her continued contribution to research and training in 2008.
She started her academic career at the then Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (PU for CHE) where she obtained the degrees BCom, BCom Honours, MCom and later her doctor’s degree in management accounting. She also obtained two teaching diplomas in 1973 (University Education Diploma) and 1986 (Tertiary Education Diploma - cum laude).
During her honours studies, Visser taught in Carletonville before she started as junior lecturer at the PU in 1976. She was promoted to fellow professor in 1992 and in 1997 became the first woman to become professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences as well as the first woman to become professor in accounting sciences.
The organisers of the competition received nearly 960 nominations in the 21 different categories. During the three-phase evaluation process, the judges, who are independent leaders in the business world, judged the participants on the basis of their CVs and additional documentation as well as an interview recorded on CD.
Published by Kiewiet Scheppel on 4 Augustus 2011.