Catholic university gets new Vice Chancellor

The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) has a new Vice Chancellor, Rev. Prof. Stephen Mbugua who assumes office effective 1st of October 2018.

Prof. Mbugua from the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru was appointed to the new position at the conclusion of 19th Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) Plenary Assembly, which took place between 13th and 23rd July 2018 in Addis Ababa.

The announcement was made by the Outgoing Chairman of the AMECEA, H.E Berhaneyesus D. Cardinal Souraphiel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa.

He takes over from Prof. Justus Mbae, who is finishing his mandate at the end of September having served the University since May 5th, 2016. This gives the University a two month period for effective transition and handover.

Until his appointment, Rev. Prof. Mbugua was Vice-Chancellor Designate of Tangaza University College which is a constituent college of CUEA. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Psychology from Egerton University and he brings with him, 20 years of extensive experience and knowledge in management and leadership of Kenyan tertiary education.

Mbugua comes in at a time when the university is facing a myriad of challenges including financial constraints and he will have his in-tray full.

Early this year, the Commission for University Education proposed that CUEA and Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) be given a year to restructure their operations and get a sound financial footing failure to which their charters would be revoked.

At the same plenary, Rt. Rev Charles Kasonde, Bishop of Solwezi, Zambia was elected as Chairman of AMECEA. In this position, he also assumes the role of Chancellor at CUEA.

With this transition, the University management is confident of a stronger institution of higher learning that will continue to offer quality programmes for innovative and marketable graduates into the future.

CUEA, a chartered private international University with a Catholic hallmark, was established in 1984 by the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA).

AMECEA plenary comprises of Catholic Bishops of Episcopal Conferences of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and the affiliate members of Djibouti and Somalia.

Source: Kenya News Agency