Dr. Ngamau to Head Horticulture and Food Security Department

Dr. Lucy Murungi(left) hands-over a departmental report to Incoming Chair of Department , Dr. Catherine Ngamau (right) as Dean, SOAES, Prof. Elijah Ateka looks on.

Dr. Catherine Ngamau has been appointed as the Chair, Department of the Horticulture and Food Security in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (SOAES).  The appointment that is dated April 13, 2023 will see Dr. Ngamau take over from Dr. Lucy Murungi who served for two terms (4years).

Speaking during the handing over ceremony at SAJOREC on Friday, May 12, 2023, Dr. Ngamau whose term runs for the next two-years, congratulated the outgoing Chair, Dr. Murungi for the achievements the department has realized during her term, pledging to build on them and push the department to new heights.

“The Horticulture and Food Security Department has grown tremendously during your tenure and I am confident with your help, we can achieve great things. This Department is an important cog in the production of skilled professionals to support the government’s development agenda,” Dr. Ngamau asserted.

She stated that she will ensure academic programmes under review are reviewed on time and to also leverage on occasions such as Open days to promote the department’s programmes to prospective students.

Dr. Ngamau who holds a Master’s degree in Plant Nutrition from the University of Hannover in Germany, and a Ph.D. in Plant Science from JKUAT, said, “I intend to guide this department in developing and deepening alliances with like-minded institutions.”

The outgoing Chair, Dr. Murungi congratulated the new Chair and expressed confidence in her skills and dedication to lead the department.

“I congratulate Dr. Ngamau on her new position. I think she has what it takes to lead the department on this new adventure,” Dr. Murungi said.

Those present during the brief ceremony include, Dean, SOAES, Prof. Elijah Ateka, Director, Board of Postgraduate Studies, Prof. Losenge Turop and faculty members.

School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (SOAES) members in a commemorative photo after witnessing the handing over ceremony

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