Prof. Joseph Bosire is the new acting vice chancellor (VC) of the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST).
Bosire replaces Prof. Stephen Agong, who has served as the vice chancellor of the university since the institution received its charter in 2013.
At a special senate sitting witnessed by the university council chairman Professor Shem Wandiga, the outgoing VC handed over the instruments of governance – the mace and seal, as well as the key documents – to Prof. Bosire.
Prof. Bosire was one of the candidates interviewed by the public service commission for the substantive VC position at the institution earlier this week.
He will serve in the acting capacity until a new VC is appointed.
Expressing gratitude to the government and the JOOUST university council, he acknowledged the trust placed in him by granting him the opportunity to serve as the acting vice chancellor.
The university commended his predecessor, Professor Agong, for his astute leadership, humility, and ability to provide leadership even during difficult moments, considering it enviable and worth emulating.
The acting VC stated his readiness to assume the responsibility often referred to as the “hot seat” and mentioned his intention to address challenges at the university through teamwork, effective communication, and fostering a positive mindset among both staff and students.
He emphasized on his aim to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor to ensure the university continues to grow.
“I am delighted to report that the university has registered growth under the guidance of the founding VC, Prof. Agong. We have significantly increased our collaborative efforts in academics and professional relationships over the years, expanded the student population, and improved our infrastructure.” stated Bosire.
He reassured the university community that he would collaborate with all staff members to ensure their collective efforts contribute to making the university a beacon of excellence.