Deans Elections: Schools Decide

Outgoing Dean, Prof. Diang’a (left) congratulates the incoming Dean, Prof. Munala shortly after the declaration of the results.

Prof Gerryshom Munala is the new Dean School of Architecture and Building Sciences JKUAT after being elected unopposed during an unanimous vote on February 12, 2020.

In his acceptance speech, Prof Munala called upon the faculty to work as a team and affirmed his commitment in ensuring an open-door policy to run the school. Prof. Munala also promised to listen to all for positive contributions that will steer the school to greater heights and he encouraged staff to share innovative ideas.

The outgoing Dean Prof. Stephen Diang’a was elated to hand over the mantle to the new head. He noted that even though his vision to elevate SABS to a college was yet to be realized, he was happy with the strides made during his tenure. He urged the incoming dean to ensure that the idealized annual SABS conference that he had envisioned gets to fruition. He also encouraged staff to support the heads of departments, whenever called upon.

In her congratulatory remarks, the Registrar Academic Affairs, Dr Esther Muoria tipped the new dean on leadership in his new role. Observing that such positions require strength and courage, Dr Muoria urged Prof Munala to “work hard, do the right thing and think of what you want to be remembered for.”

Meanwhile, Prof Daniel Kariuki from the department of Biochemistry retained his position as the Dean, School of Biomedical Sciences after beating the other two candidates on February 13, 2020. Prof. Juliette Ongus of Medical Lab Sciences (MLS) and Dr Andrew Nyerere of Medical Micro Biology (MMB) garnered 12 votes each while Prof Kariuki won with 14 votes.

Prof. Kariuki puts pen to paper

For the first time, this election was preceded by a debate held at the main campus on Friday February 7, 2020.

In her speech, Prof Ongus conceded defeat and promised to support the re-elected dean and urged him to strengthen the MLS department. In the same way, Dr Nyerere assured the Dean of his continued support.

Addressing the members of staff after his win, Prof Kariuki thanked the voters and appealed to them to always stay united so as to scale the school to greater heights. He commended the faculty for constantly using social media platforms to suggest great ideas that can propel the school to excellence.

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