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Prof. Peter Mbithi takes over as the Vice-Chancellor

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Prof. Peter Mbithi takes over as the Vice-Chancellor, University of Nairobi

It is a new era for the University of Nairobi. Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi takes over as the seventh Vice-Chancellor, after the ten year tenure of Prof. George Magoha, who was the sixth Vice-Chancellor.

The handing over was done yesterday in a ceremony attended by the University of Nairobi Chairman of Council, Dr. Idle Farah and Chair of the University Alumni Association, Dr. Betty Gikonyo in the Vice-Chancellors Boardroom.

The outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Magoha, took the opportunity to thank the University Management Board for having given him the maximum support to be able to achieve great milestones. He noted that he enjoyed working with the team. He urged the team to support the new Vice-Chancellor to enable him take the university to greater heights.

The new Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi thanked the University Council for recommending him to the government for appointment. He pledged his full commitment towards serving the university.

The Chairman of Council noted that it is important for one to make an elegant, graceful, dignified exit. He wished Prof. Magoha well in his future endeavours. He noted that the Vice-Chancellor is actually the Chief Executive Officer of the University and he holds everything together. He welcomed dialogue from the members of the UMB on issues that will move the university forward.

Prior to his appointment, Prof. Mbithi was the immediate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Administration and Finance). He was in charge of University Performance Contract. The university was ranked top in 2011/2012 performance contract and to date,   the University is the only public entity with excellence performance ranking. He also steered the University ISO certification in 2011 and recertification in 2014. Among the many achievements of the Prof. Mbithi, who is a Veterinary Surgeon include: Championing the rights of university staff and leading the CBA negotiations, growing the University Pension trustees funds from Kshs. 2 billion to the current Kshs. 11 Billion as the Chairman Board of Trustees, financing several infrastructure development across the University, key among them is the University of Nairobi Towers.

The university community, comprising of staff, students, alumni, partners wish the new Vice-Chancellor well as he takes over.

Click here to watch the official handing over video