The outgoing Dean of the School of Biological Sciences (SBS), Dr. Shadrack Muya has handed over the reins of the School to the incoming Dean, Dr. Peter Njoroge Mwangi, Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
The handing over ceremony which took place at the College of Pure and Applied Sciences (COPAS) boardroom, brings the curtain down on the reign of Dr. Muya, who has served for two terms since 2016, and ushers in Dr. Mwangi’s tenure following his election on 30th September, 2020.
Speaking during the ceremony, Dr. Muya thanked the faculty members present for entrusting him with the leadership of the School for four years and expressed his unreserved confidence in the incoming Dean.
“There is a time and season for everything and for me, this is a good time to exit. We are the first School to hold deanship elections this year, and while I acknowledge COVID-19 has been an impediment for many schools, I think it is important to surmount these challenges and give other faculty members a chance to express their leadership,” opined Dr. Muya.
On his part, Dr. Peter Mwangi reiterated his gratitude to faculty members for entrusting him with the deanship mantle and expressed his commitment to serve the interests of the students, staff and the entire community.
“I will ensure I exploit the full potential of all my students and staff by building coordinated teams in order to optimize our progress as a School, College and University as a whole. I am particularly keen on further energizing our efforts in research and innovations by building a comprehensive framework for writing proposals and attracting more grants,” said Dr. Mwangi.
The new Dean, who has previously served as Chairman, Department of Botany, holds a PhD in Ecology from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, an MSc in Ecology from Lund University, Sweden, and a Bachelors Degree in Range Management from the University of Nairobi. Dr. Mwangi describes himself as a go-getter who is risk-averse. A dichotomy of contrast if you may.
Steering the handing over ceremony was Dr. Kenneth Ogila from Zoology Department, who urged all faculty members to remain united and cohesive for the success of the School.
“I have to say we had a good, peaceful election with no acrimony or bad blood even after the election. We must maintain this kind of conducive environment. Now out goes Arnold Schwarzenegger, and in comes, Denzel Washington. All I can say to you Dean is, work for the members and do so diligently as your previous track record indicates,” he concluded.
Also present at the handing over ceremony were; Dr. Moses Gichua (COD Botany), Dr. Samuel Were (Exam Officer, SBS), Dr. Robert Kagali (Lecturer, Zoology Department), Ms. Catherine Wangeci (Admin COPAS), Mr. Vincent Andenga (Admin SBS), and Mr. Bernard Kinyua (Technologist, Botany).