Mount Kenya University has installed a new Vice-chancellor (VC) to take over from the founding VC Prof. Stanley Waudo. Former University of Kwa Zulu-Natal don Deogratius Jaganyi takes over from Prof Stanley Waudo who has served the Thika-based institution since its inception in 2008. The new MKU VC is expected to among other things oversee the implementation of the university’s 2020-2029 strategic plan. The Strategic Plan will make sure Mount Kenya University Continue to be the Leading University across East Africa.
During the installation ceremony of the new VC, held at Mount Kenya university graduation Pavillion, speakers hailed outgoing VC Prof. Stanley Waudo as a visionary leader who oversaw the growth of the university from a college to one of the leading Universities in Africa including a continuous growth in student population over the years.
Speaking during the event, Mount Kenya University founder and Chairman Prof. Simon Gicharu revealed that the University had appointed Prof. Waudo, the outgoing VC, as a council member of MKU, and the Chancellor of the proposed Mount Kenya Kigali University of Technology. The chairman hailed the contribution of the founding VC in the growth of the university and expressed his belief that Mount Kenya University will continue playing a pivotal role in the delivery of quality education in the region. In particular, Prof. Gicharu acknowledged the drive of MKU towards the growth of technical and vocational training institutions (TVETs) for interested students in the country.
Likening the establishent and running of a university to sailing a ship, the chairman in reference to the progress made by the university since its establishment said that starting as a small boat in 1996 that he was almost single handedly rowing down the river.
The new vice chancellor takes over during challenging moments for the education sector in the country, after a long dutrtion of school closure due to Covid-19. He is expected to steer the university performance higher and really big shoes to fill based on the performance of the University since its establishment.
The new VC comes with a wealth of experience in university management. He is a full professor with a PhD in physical chemistry obtained in 1992 from Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of London, England. Prof. Jaganyi served for 10 years at the University of Kwa Zulu-Natal where he rose from deputy dean in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture to deputy vice-chancellor and head of the College of Agriculture.
We wish him well