Prof. Johnson Kang’ethe Kinyua has been elected as the new Dean, School of Biomedical Sciences, following a highly contested election on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
Prof. Kinyua won by garnering 20 votes over his two opponents, Dr. Ger Nyanjom, a Biochemistry colleague, and Dr. Caroline Ngugi, from the Medical Microbiology Department.
In his acceptance speech, Prof Kinyua thanked his colleagues for their support in his victory and urged the faculty to work together as a team, reiterating his commitment to ensuring an open-door policy in running the School.
He also acknowledged his competitors’ manifestos as challenging, and promised to collaborate with them to bring their brilliant ideas to fruition.
While declaring the winner of the election, the Returning Officer, Dr. Esther Muoria commended the candidates for participating in the election, describing the process as an important nurturing precursor to senior management leadership.
Dr. Muoria, who is also the Registrar, Academic Affairs, urged Prof Kinyua to “take the deanship with gusto,” noting that such positions require strength and courage.
Prof. Kinyua is an accomplished researcher whose work has positively impacted the livelihoods of many communities. Among his most important contributions has been the reformulation of fertilizer aimed at improving crop yields for farmers and, as a result, bolstering the world’s rapidly declining food security. His malaria research also resulted in a patent.
Prof. Kinyua previously served in the Directorate of Gender and Mentoring Centre, as a Director and a Deputy Director prior to his appointment as the Chairperson Department of Biochemistry. He holds a doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Nairobi.
He takes over from Prof Daniel Kariuki, who served the position for four years.