School of Natural Resources and Animal Sciences Elect Dr Kagira as Dean

Dr John Kagira signing his certificate of deanship as Dr Aggrey Wanyama (R) and Dr Mathew Kigomo (L) witness

Dr. John Kagira, a Senior Lecturer in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (COANRE), has been elected as the new Dean, (SONRAS), following unanimous endorsement by the faculty in the departments of Animal Sciences and Land Resource Planning and Management (LRPM).

The prolific researcher with over 150 peer-reviewed journal publications to his credit, has been the Chairperson of the Animal Science Department since 2019. He now succeeds Prof. Francis Njonge, whose term lapsed after four years of service (as the pioneer Dean of SONRAS).

Dr. Aggrey Wanyama, acting Registrar, Academic Affairs, made the official announcement declaring the deanship on Thursday, June 29, 2023, at a brief ceremony attended by a section of the School’s faculty, who included former Principal COANRE, Prof. David Mburu and Dr. Mathew Kigomo (Chairman, LRPM).

While congratulating Dr. Kagira on his new role, Dr. Wanyama noted that the School would indeed flourish under his leadership, given the glowing tributes and messages of goodwill from the experienced faculty.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Kagira, who was grateful to the School for their confidence in his leadership, pledged his commitment to a consultative working environment which he believes, is critical in achieving their goals.

Key among these goals is attracting more students through short courses at the School to enhance knowledge in agriculture. He also aims to ensure the undergraduate curricula is reviewed regularly to meet international standards and relevant to the changing global needs due to factors such as climate change.

Faculty from COANRE after the deanship declaration

Reiterating his support for the postgraduate students’ research interests, Dr. Kagira promised to improve the research facilities at the School and continue with the excellent research reputation of the College which he stated, had attracted high funding levels over the years from both local and international institutions.

As evidenced by his numerous publications, Dr. Kagira’s research interests include, One Health, Biomedical research, and Antimicrobial resistance.

He is currently the Principal Investigator for a groundbreaking drug development project worth 100 million shillings that involves Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Dr. Kagira graduated from the University of Nairobi with a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology, Master’s degree in Parasitology and Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine.

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