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Prof. Magoha hands over office to the new Vice-Chancellor

06 January 2015, 12:29 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Prof. George Magoha, outgoing Vice-Chancellor, University of Nairobi, formally handed over office to the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi after a successful completion of his tenure.

Prof. Mbithi becomes the seventh VC since the inception of the University of Nairobi in 1970.

Speaking during the handing over to the new the VC on Monday, Prof Magoha said:“It is better to leave when your time is right.” 
He handed the of instruments of authority among them; the university mace, seal, statutes, charter and official vehicle.

In his ten years of service, the UoN has recorded excellent performance in local and international rankings, exponential increase in student population from 30,000 to 79,000, alumni numbers from 74,429 to 173,000, research fund has grown from KES 350 million to over KES 4 billion and asset portfolio stands at KES 102 billion up from KES 20 billion. In 2014, a record 123 students graduated with PhDs.

He said that the University has made great strides in all aspects including but not limited to fiscal discipline, academic excellence, infrastructure development and capacity building.

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Prof. Mbithi, a Professor of Veterinary Medicine, has served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration and Finance, having been appointed to the position in 2005. He has also served as Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Chairman, Department of Veterinary Studies.

He thanked the University Council and the government for appointing him as the seventh Vice-chancellor and promised to build on the achievements of his predecessor.

The handing over was witnessed by the Chairman of Council, Dr. Idle Farah, Outgoing Vice-Chairperson of the University Council, Dr. Betty Gikonyo, and members of the University Management Board.

The University will formally install Prof. Mbithi as the seventh Vice-Chancellor on January 14, 2015 in a ceremony conducted by the Chancellor and the University Council in Taifa Hall for a period of five years.

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