The outgoing University Academic Affairs Registrar Dr. Suleiman Habil Okech has been described by many as a judicious and focused scholar whose commitment to duty was guided by a passion to deliver irrespective of the assignment he undertook.
At a farewell party hosted on his behalf by the University which also coincided with the closing ceremony of the ‘Development and Implementation of Institutional Risk Management Framework’ workshop held in Nanyuki July 12, 2013, various speakers showered the retiring registrar with praises for his selfless attitude, as well as being a team player during his tenure.
In her submission, Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga described Dr. Okech as a wise man who went out of his way to find fitting solutions to problems faced by the university and its community. As a result, she pointed out; the academic affairs division had a very sound team of workers who performed diligently.
“We cherished his wise ideas. We consulted him frequently because we had so much faith and confidence in his wise counsel on many issues,” said the Vice Chancellor.
Prof. Mary Wariara, JKUAT’s Director of the Alumni Students Association hailed Dr. Okech as a focused and humble man.
JKUAT Karen Campus Principal Prof. Victoria Ngumi talked of the outgoing registrar as an approachable elder, whose services would dearly be missed by the University fraternity.
Mr. Muchai Mbugua, another long serving Registrar in the Administration, Planning and Development division hailed Dr. Okech as a resourceful counterpart whose support enabled conducive working environment in the University. “He had an ear for everyone and this endeared him to many,” noted Mbugua, who is also the Chair of the Varsity’s Registrars Committee.
But it was Prof. Esther Kahangi, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension who gave a chronology of her long relationship with the outgoing Registrar whom she met when he was only 23 years of age. She described Dr. Okech as the best Registrar the University has ever had. She appreciated him for the many achievements he had brought to the University, and wished him well in his future assignment.
In his remarks, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo in whose division Dr. Okech worked, praised the outgoing registrar for being decisive during his tenure, an attribute he noted, had enabled the division overcome many shortcomings.
While appreciating the University and staff for the gesture, Dr. Okech thanked his co-workers for what he termed as collective achievement to the University. He thanked the University management for making him discover his worth, and promised to continue offering his expertise when possible.
He however, appealed to the University Management to extend every support possible to campuses especially now when the University was going through massive expansion in different parts of the country.
Dr. Okech, who joined the University in 2004 as a Registrar, now becomes the pioneer Chief Executive Officer of the University’s newly created Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park, one of the University’s Vision 2030 projects spearheading the assembling of Laptops, among other activities.