Prof. Paul T. Zeleza was installed as University Vice Chancellor on Thursday, April 7 during the inauguration ceremony presided over by the Chancellor Dr. Manu Chandaria. On hand to witness the inauguration was Prof. Zeleza’s spouse Prof. Cassandra Veney (Professor of International Relations), other members of his family and former colleagues such as Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court Dr. Willy Mutunga.
In his address, Prof. Zeleza described his background growing up, living, studying and working on two continents over four decades, as having prepared him to ensure that the founding President Dr. William Rust’s dream of a global educational experiences continues.
The Chief Guest Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Education, Science and Technology looked forward to working closely with the governing bodies and the management team led by Prof. Zeleza, to chart a new path for private universities and other higher educational institutions in the country.
The ceremony also saw the introduction of the new Board of Trustees and University Council, which will be headed by Mr. Linus Gitahi and Dr. Lola Odubekun respectively. The ceremony caps the three months since Prof. Zeleza’s arrival on campus where he took over from long-serving Vice Chancellor Prof. Freida Brown.
Since then, Prof. Zeleza has initiated a “90 Days of Listening Campaign” which involved meeting with various groups on campus, to capture their perspectives on university development.
Additionally, this period witnessed board approval of the new strategic plan that will guide institutional policies and development for the next five years. Speaking at the event, Prof. Zeleza noted that his arrival on campus could not have been more opportune, since he has benefited from Prof. Brown’s strategic input and institutional memory, and the collegial nature of the plan’s development. This, according to him has enabled him to capture the history and development of the university, as well as their aspirations for the next year.