Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has announced the appointment of new Vice Chancellors for 13 universities within the country.
In an announcement issued on Friday, the Ministry revealed that Prof Benedict Mwavu Mutua will assume the role of Vice Chancellor at the Technical University of Kenya (TUK). Prof Nathan Oyori Ogechi will assume the position at Kisii University.
Prof James H. P. Kahindi has been designated as the new VC of Pwani University. Likewise, Prof. Barasa Lwagula will take the helm at Alupe University under the revised arrangements. The changes also extend to Machakos University, which will now be led by Prof Joyce Jepkirui Agalo.
At Jaramogi University of Science and Technology, Prof Emily Achieng Akuno will step into the role of university head. At the same time, her counterpart, Prof Linus Muthuri Gitonga, assumes leadership at Karatina University.
Prof Charles Omondi, following his appointment, will now head Tom Mboya University.
Among the other new appointments are Prof. Douglas Shitanda for South Eastern Kenya University, Prof. Thomas Kimeli Cheruiyot for the University of Eldoret, Prof. Peter K. Muriungi for Tharaka University, and Prof. Peter Nganga Muchiri for Dedan Kimathi University of Technology.
In their new capacities as university leaders, these 13 individuals will be entrusted with the day-to-day administration of their respective institutions while remaining accountable to the various University Councils.
As stewards of finances, they will also be responsible for the funds allocated by the national government and the tuition fees collected from students.
The Universities Act stipulates that university councils are the bodies responsible for appointing vice-chancellors and their deputies. These appointments are made in a competitive procedure overseen by the Public Service Commission in conjunction with the Cabinet Secretary.