Temba Maqubela

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Temba Maqubela
Temba Maqubela
Born1958 (age 64–65)
Alma materUniversity of Ibadan
University of Kentucky 1993
OrganizationGroton School
PredecessorRichard B. Commons

Temba Maqubela (born 1958) is a South African educator and administrator. In July 2013 he began as the eighth Headmaster at The Groton School. He previously served as the Dean of Faculty and Assistant Head for Academics at Phillips Academy, Andover.[1] He served as director of (MS)2, a program that addresses math and science needs for African American, Latino, and Native American high school students. Over the course of his 26-year tenure at Phillips Academy,[2] Maqubela served as a member of the advisory committee, as Chair of the Chemistry department, and as a chemistry teacher. Maqubela launched the ACE Scholars Program, which tackles the preparation gap among gifted students, and took the lead on Andover's Global Perspectives Group, which focuses on global education for students and faculty.

Education and awards[edit]

Maqubela is a graduate of University of Ibadan (B.S.), and University of Kentucky (M.S.).

He was awarded the White House Distinguished Teacher Award in 1993 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Northeast Section of the American Chemical Society in 2002.[3]


In 1976, when only 17 years old, Maqubela escaped South Africa and went into exile. He lived throughout Africa before moving to the United States with his wife and son in 1986. He taught at public school in New York City before teaching at Phillips Academy. As of 2013, Maqubela has been instated as the eighth headmaster of Groton School as well as an organic chemistry teacher.

Maqubela serves on the board of South Africa Partners, which builds mutually beneficial partnerships between the United States and South Africa in the areas of health and education. He is a co-founder and board director of Masibumbane Development Organization, a newly established NGO grounded in a rich tradition and born from decades of powerful service in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

He is also a current board advisor for the African Leadership Academy, a pan-African secondary institution that aims to educate and develop outstanding students into principled, ethical leaders for Africa.

Maqubela's wife Vuyelwa Maqubela, is the daughter of R.L. Peteni, educator and author of Hill of Fools; the first novel written in both English and Xhosa. She was an English teacher at Phillips Academy until the pair moved to Groton School, and she is a board member at Grassroot Soccer, a nonprofit organization that promotes HIV/AIDS education and prevention in Africa. Vuyelwa now teaches English at Groton School.

He is the grandson of Z.K. Matthews, a celebrated South African scholar, educator, and activist. His first cousin is Naledi Pandor, Minister of Home Affairs in South Africa.


  1. ^ "Phillips Academy - Temba Maqubela named headmaster of Groton School". Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  2. ^ Pappano, Laura (January 8, 2007), "The Incredibles", New York Times, p. 18(L)
  3. ^ "New headmaster to begin at Groton School in July 2013". Boston.com. 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2018-11-13.