MKU taps South African don as vice-chancellor


Mount Kenya University chairman Simon Gicharu. PHOTO | FILE

Privately-owned Mount Kenya University (MKU) has tapped a South African don as its new vice-chancellor.

Prof Deogratius Jaganyi takes over from Prof Stanley Waudo whose contract has expired having served as MKU vice-chancellor for 12 years.

The university hailed the outgoing vice-chancellor as a visionary leader whose tenure saw the student numbers go up, enhanced global research and partnerships as well as opened more campuses buoyed by market-driven programmes.

“The Mount Kenya University board of directors, chancellor, council, senate, management board, staff and students are delighted to welcome Prof Deogratius Jaganyi as the university’s second vice-chancellor. He reports on January 4, 2021,” said the university in a statement on Saturday.

Prof Jaganyi joins MKU from University of Kwa Zulu-Natal, South Africa, where he was a lecturer.

The university said they picked Prof Jaganyi due to his vast academic research and partnerships. He was the best from 51 applicants for the position. The university shortlisted 17 applicants and interviewed seven before settling for Prof Jaganyi.