Rector's role

The Rector, Dr Tim Nuttall, is the Executive Head of St Stithians College. The Rector is the custodian of institutional values, and has the responsibility to provide strategic direction, academic leadership and global management of the seven schools that make up the College. St Stithians is a non-profit educational entity that is managed according to sound and accountable corporate governance policies.

The Rector stands "on the bridge". This space connects the constituent schools and provides the corporate infrastructure for inspiring excellence and making a world of difference. From this vantage point, the Rector is well placed to see the "big picture", to enable energy flow, and to create opportunities for synergy in the interplay of relationships, ideas and resources.

The school heads, campus directors and superintendent chaplain report to the Rector and constitute the College Executive Committee. The position of Rector was created in 1998 to enhance executive oversight of the College which, at that point, consisted of two boys’ schools and two girls’ schools.

The Rector is a member of the St Stithians College Council, the governing body, and through participation in Council committees connects the functioning school to governance policies and oversight.

Tim Nuttall is a passionate and committed South African educationalist, having worked in various roles since the late 1980s as a university academic and administrator, a consultant, and school leader. Dr Nuttall was educated at St Andrew's College, Grahamstown, and at the University of Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal).

A Rhodes Scholarship enabled him to attend the University of Oxford, where he was awarded a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and then a doctorate in History. He considers himself a lifelong learner.

His career as an educationalist has included the following roles: an Associate Professor of History at the University of Natal, a Senior Deputy Headmaster at St Andrew's College, a consultant on an international school project in Kenya, a consultant to the Historic Schools Restoration Project in South Africa, and Head of the Senior School of Somerset College. Tim Nuttall is the third Rector of St Stithians College.