The outgoing CEO Prof. David K. Some when he handed the instruments of ‘power’ to his successor, Prof. Ntarangwi witnessed by the Commission Chairman, Prof. Nyaigotti – Chacha
In his remarks, the Chairman Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha explained that following the end of the contract of Prof. Some, the Commission undertook a competitive recruitment process which culminated in the appointment of the new CEO, Prof. Ntarangwi. Prof. Nyaigotti-Chacha said the new CEO was taking over when the Commission was at the point of undertaking several important tasks in line with its mandate. He singled out continued monitoring of quality in the universities, revision of the Universities Regulations, 2014 and Universities Standards, 2014 and the creation of special degree-awarding universities as some of the key areas.
Prof. Nyaigotti-Chacha said “we will also concentrate on furthering our collaboration with professional bodies and submission of advisories to the Cabinet Secretary and the public”. He explained that the Commission had embarked on re-evaluating the relevance of academic programmes offered in universities to determine whether they supported the national development agenda. The Chairman stressed that those planning to establish new universities and university colleges would be required to justify the need for such establishments.
“Those running approved universities, have to periodically demonstrate that such universities are financially sustainable and that there are good governance and human resource management systems in place”, Prof. Nyaigotti-Chacha said. He said it was incumbent upon universities to demonstrate global competitiveness as regards global rankings.
The Chairman expressed his gratitude to the outgoing CEO for the service that he had rendered and expressed the Commission’s pleasure for the smooth and seamless transition. He thanked Prof. Walter Oyawa, Deputy Commission Secretary (Administration & Finance), who was the Acting CEO, the management team and staff for their tireless efforts during the transition period.
Prof. Some outlined some of the strides that the Commission had made since he was appointed in 2012, as the first CEO of the Commission for University Education, the successor to the Commission for Higher Education (CHE).
He cited the formulation and gazettement of the Universities Regulations, 2014 and the Universities Standards and Guidelines; the country-wide institutional quality audit of universities in January and February this year as well as the steering the rigorous and interests-laced process of amendment to the Universities Act of 2012.
In his remarks, the Chairman Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha explained that following the end of the contract of Prof. Some, the Commission undertook a competitive recruitment process which culminated in the appointment of the new CEO, Prof. Ntarangwi.
“I will do a lot of listening, appropriate consultations and depend on your wise advise on your respective functional areas that will inform my actions and decisions”, he added.
The CEO thanked the Commission for his appointment noting that he was happy to be back home to serve his country in a sector that he was passionate about. “It will be my joy, that when I exit, as my predecessor is doing today, to be remembered for having made an indelible mark in the sector and for the greater good of the Kenyans that we serve”, Prof. Ntarangwi observed.
Outgoing Commission Secretary Prof. Some helps the new CEO Prof. Ntarangwi unveil the ‘instruments of authority’ during the handing over session in the boardroom. Looking on at the back: The Commission Chairman Prof Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha (partially hidden right) and former Ag. Commission Secretary Prof. Walter Oyawa (left).
Former Commission Secretary Prof. Everett Standa (right) hands over instruments of authority to the newly appointed Commission Chief Executive, Prof. David Some (in Commission cap) in a ceremony presided over by the Chairman, Prof. Ezra Maritim and the Vice- Chairperson Mrs. Jane Ngige (at back)
He said he would establish close-knit working relationships with stakeholders, the Commission (Board) and the Secretariat for an inclusive and consultative administration.
At the commencement of his appointment, Prof. Ntarangwi will become the sixth Commission CEO. Others have been: the late Prof. Joseph Maina Mungai, Prof. Justin Irina, Prof. Crispus Makau Kiamba, Prof. Everett Maraka Standa and Prof. David Kimutai Some.
Commission staff wished him the best of luck and God’s blessings, in his new assignment. The outgoing Commission Secretary, Prof. Some cited the serenity prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.