Dr. Joseph Kipyegon Sang has been elected Dean, School of Biosystems and Environmental Engineering (SOBEE) following a closely contested election held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.
Dr. Sang, a Senior Lecturer, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Engineering (SWEED) won by eleven (11) votes against Prof. James Messo and Prof. Urbanus Mutwiwa who got nine (9) and five (5) votes, respectively.
In his acceptance speech, the elated don called upon his colleagues to “pull together” and steer the School to success, a feat he acknowledged, required collective team spirit.
Dr Sang also congratulated his opponents and implored their support as he embarks on implementing the pledges he made during his campaign.
While making their concession remarks, both Prof. Mutwiwa and Prof. Messo congratulated Dr. Sang and promised to support his tenure in office, with Prof. Messo noting that this was an opportunity to reflect and improve his strengths for future candidature.
The outgoing Dean, Dr. Eng. Gareth Kituu congratulated all the three candidates and appreciated the faculty for their unwavering support during his four-year term. He also expressed optimism that the same would be accorded to the incoming Dean.
Dr. Sang who has been serving as the Chairperson of SWEED since 2019, will now steer an additional Department – Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department (ABED) – for the next two years.
The accomplished hydrologist, holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Baylor University, Texas USA. He is also an alumnus of JKUAT having studied Bachelors and Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering.
In her congratulatory remarks, the Returning Officer, who is the Registrar Academics, Dr. Esther Muoria, assured the new Dean of the School’s support based on the cordial relationship witnessed in all the three candidates in their various management positions in the University.