The management board of the College of Magic, following years of planning and engagement with their graduate body around growth development and sustainability, has appointed Yolandi Van Jaarsveldt as the organisation’s new CEO.
“I will continue to teach at the College of Magic during this time and will remain intimately involved in our ongoing project of curriculum development.”
Van Jaarsveldt will assume her duties in March 2018, ensuring ongoing programmatic excellence at the College of Magic, rigorous programme evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems.Van Jaarsveldt has a background in theatre and drama and has worked in the NPO sector for the past 8 years.
In an email sent to the students, their parents and supporters of the College of Magic, the outgoing-CEO David Gore said: “I am pleased that the College of Magic Board has granted me a 12 month half day sabbatical to allow me to focus on my research into the history of magic and magicians in Southern Africa. I will continue to teach at the College of Magic during this time and will remain intimately involved in our ongoing project of curriculum development.”
Gore continued by saying that he is confident that under Van Jaarsveldt’s leadership the College of Magic will reach new heights, that he was excited about this new development at the College of Magic and that he hoped Van Jaarsveldt would receive the same support he had been given.
The College of Magic was founded in 1980 and supports over 150 young students to learn the art of magic. It is the only organisation of its kind in the world and has received the support of prestigious magicians such as David Berglas, Siegfried & Roy and Joshua Jay.
Magic.Africa wishes Yolandi the best of luck in her new role!