Professor Deogratius Jaganyi has formally assumed office as the second vice chancellor of Mount Kenya University (MKU). He reported on January 4, 2021. Professor Jaganyi takes over from Professor Stanley Waudo who diligently served MKU as its first vice chancellor from 2008.
Professor Jaganyi is a distinguished scholar and leader. A full professor, he holds a PhD in chemistry which he attained in 1992 from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine ‒University of London. He also holds a masters of science in physical chemistry as well as a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, both from the University of Nairobi.
He rose from the deputy dean in the faculty of science and agriculture to the deputy vice chancellor and head of the college of agriculture, engineering and science at the University of KwaZulu ‒Natal in South Africa. His responsibilities at the University of KwaZulu ‒Natal included grant mobilization and management, research project management, data and research dissemination as well as diverse training. The don received the 2010 University of KwaZulu‒Natal distinguished teachers award.
One of his major tasks as MKU’s vice chancellor will be to provide strategic leadership in the implementation of the university´s teaching and learning mandate through consistent provision of relevant academic programmes- for instance enhanced e- learning. He will also oversee the implementation of MKU’s 2020 ‒ 2029 strategic plan.