Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Alumni on Saturday February 16, nominated three candidates for the position of the University Chancellor. Members of the Alumni who thronged Nairobi CBD Campus approved the names of three reputable and professional statesmen through universal suffrage for appointment by the president.
The Alumni were participating for the first time in the appointment of University Chancellor in line with new demands of the Universities Act that came into force at the fall of 2012. This is break from the past where appointment of the Chancellor was an exclusive preserve of the president.
Addressing the former students during the exercise, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga thanked the members for their participation in the crucial exercise that sits at the core of university governance.
The Vice Chancellor equally challenged the Alumni to continue exemplifying professionalism which had brought honour to JKUAT, prodding them to further take active role in the leadership of the country following new opportunities under the devolved government.
On his part, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs Prof. Romanus Odhiambo urged the Alumni to come back to JKUAT and mentor their colleagues for greater good.
The Alumni Chairman, Arch. Christopher Neicca briefed the meeting on the developments of the Alumni council including development of a new strategic plan and registration of the Association and its constitution with the Registrar of Societies.
Following the exercise, the three names will be forwarded to the Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology for onward transmission to the Head of State where one will be appointed to head the titular arm of the university.
The event was also attended by the Academic Registrar Dr. Suleiman Okech, Corporate Communications officer, Dr. Mike Ngonyo, Deputy Registrar Admissions, Mr. Anthony Kiswi and the Legal officer Ms. Vivian Nyambura.