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Appointment of two Deputy Vice Chancellors

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The University of Nairobi (UoN) Council has appointed two Deputy Vice-Chancellors (DVC's):  Prof. Lucy W. Irungu as a Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension (RPE) and Prof. Isaac Mbeche as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Student Affairs (SA).  The appointment of Prof. Irungu took effect from March 1, 2011 while that of Prof. Mbeche was effective from February 1, 2011.

Prof. Mbeche was the Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences – a position he held for nine years. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management Science. Prof. Mbeche studied at UoN for his bachelor and master degrees before proceeding to the University of Lancaster for his doctoral studies. He has 25 publications and has supervised many students among them three Ph.D. students, 15 MBA's and 15 MSc in management. Prof. Mbeche is also a member of various organizations especially in operational research.

Prof. Mbeche is now in charge of all student affairs which shall include planning, organizing and managing work-study programmes, sports and games, catering and accommodation, community service, recreation, health, and the security of students.  He is also expected to develop and implement, programmes such as leadership and training that support students' educational experience and wholesome life.

Prof. Irungu was the Principal, College of Biological and Physical Sciences – a position she held for seven years.  Her high points include successful implementation of reforms in the College and twice she led in performance contracting in the University's internal ranking.  Prof. Irungu is a Professor of Entomology and has published 37 scientific publications, supervised nine Ph.D. students and 32 Master of Science among others. She is an alumnus of the University of Nairobi and University of Liverpool, School of Medicine, where she undertook her masters and Ph.D. Prof. Irungu has won many local and international prizes for outstanding academic achievements. She becomes the second woman in the history of the University to hold the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor after Prof. Florida Karani who was in charge of academic affairs for 10 years.

The duties of DVC (RPE) includes: planning, organizing and managing research infrastructure development and appropriate policy planning; coordinating administrative and logistical support for research at all levels; coordinating the sourcing of libraries and archives. Other duties include research branding, quality control and capacity building.

The University wishes them success in their new appointments.