By Tongai Mwenje
The former NUST VC died yesterday morning after a sudden heart attack at Galen House Hospital in Bulawayo. According to reports, the academic who had been battling diabetes, collapsed and died at Galen House Medical centre where he had been rushed for a medical checkup.
Ndlovu has been described by several former students at Nust as a great scientist. He had vast experience in the higher and tertiary education sector from being a lecturer, researcher, publisher up to being a vice-chancellor.
Prof Ndlovu had served Nust since 2001 as the university’s senior chemistry lecturer after joining the tertiary institution from the University of Zimbabwe. In 2005, he was appointed Vice-Chancellor for Nust and served two terms, up to August this year.
Last week he was replaced by Professor Samson Sibanda who was appointed the institution’s acting Vice Chancellor.
Prior to his appointment as the university’s Vice Chancellor Prof Ndlovu served as Nust’s Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic and Research).
He was a holder of PhD in animal nutrition with his area of study bordering on Nutritional Biochemistry that he obtained from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Prof Ndlovu played several administrative roles at Nust’s senates, councils and chaired numerous committees.
Before joining Nust he worked as Dean of Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Zimbabwe where he spearheaded a major curriculum review and initiated inter-departmental research programmes.
He was appointed in October 2005 as Nust’s second vice-chancellor taking over from Professor Phineas Makhurane.
Ndlovu’s contract expired last week and was not renewed.