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Appointment of the 11th Kenyatta University Council

The 11th Kenyatta University Council Members were appointed and reappointed through Kenya Gazette Notices Vol. CXXIV – No.131 dated 8th July 2022 and Vol. CXXIV – No.233 dated 4th November 2022.

Composition and the Functions of Council

The Universities Act 42 of 2012 Part V defines the composition and roles of the Council of a Public University as follows:

Composition of University Council

The Council of a public university or constituent college of such a university shall consist of nine persons appointed by the Cabinet Secretary as follows:

a          Chairperson

b          The Principal Secretary in the Ministry for the time being responsible for the University Education

c          The Principal Secretary in the Ministry for the time being responsible for Finance

d          Five members appointed by the Cabinet Secretary through an open process in such a manner as may be prescribed in guidelines issued by the Cabinet Secretary

e          The Vice-Chancellor or, in the case of a constituent college, the Principal of such college who shall be an ex officio member of the Council.


Functions of the Council

The University Council shall:

i           Employ staff

ii          Approve the Statutes of the University and cause them to be published in the Kenya Gazette

iii         Approve the policies of the University

iv         Approve the budget

v          In the case of public universities, appoint Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellors and Principals and Deputy Principals of Constituent Colleges, in consultation with the Cabinet Secretary, after a competitive process conducted by the Public Service Commission

vi         Undertake other functions set out under this Act and the Charter.

Profiles of University Council  Members

Chairman of the University Council

Chairman of the University Council

Prof. Shem E. Migot-Adholla Ph.D.,

B.A. (University of East Africa), M.A.., Ph.D. (Michigan State University)


Shem E. Migot-Adholla is a social and economic development specialist with long inter-disciplinary research and policy experience in many countries. He is a private consultant based in Nairobi, Kenya and works on issues including agriculture and rural development, migration, land policy reform, environmental management and rural health issues. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Equity Bank, Kenya and serves as Chairman of Equity Bank subsidiary in South Sudan. He is also the Chairman of Council of Kenyatta University, Nairobi, and was the Chairman of the Center for Corporate Governance, Nairobi, from 2009 to 2016, and served on the Board of Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT), a charitable fund based in Nairobi, over the same period.

He previously served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) between 2004 and 2007, and was also a member of the Board of Directors, Housing Finance Company of Kenya between 2009 and 2015

He was the Lead Specialist on Land Policy and Administration for Africa Region at the World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC, between 1994 and 2004. During that period he also served (on secondment) as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Government of Kenya, where he was responsible for formulation and implementation of agricultural and rural development policy as well as general oversight of one of the largest ministries in the country, including some 38 state corporations.

Earlier, he had a long and engaging career at the University of Nairobi where he taught for many years, provided leadership in the Department of Sociology and was involved in research activities at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS). This latter experience gave him extensive field work experience in every region in Kenya. In these capacities, he has also run workshops and conferences, prepared reports and professional publications focusing on rural land issues, migration, rural institutions, pastoralism, as well as rural health and disease problems. He has also been involved in a number of feasibility studies, project reviews and evaluations in many parts of Kenya and East Africa on behalf of governments, bilateral, multilateral organizations as well as private corporations.

His working experience spans many African countries as well as Haiti, Kyrgyz Republic and several Asian countries. Over the years Prof. Migot-Adholla has built an extensive inter-disciplinary background and cultural open-mindedness. He has the ability to apprehend and act innovatively as a team leader.



Dr. Beatrice Muganda Inyangala

Principle Secretary, State Department for University Education


Dr. Beatrice Muganda Inyangala is the Principal Secretary, the State Department for Higher Education and Research, Ministry of Education, Kenya.

She is a passionate educator and leader who is committed to transforming higher education and its impact on the continent and globally. Prior to her appointment, she worked for the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR); a pan-African not-for-profit organization for 11 years, and exited as the Deputy Executive Director. Her accomplishments through the Pedagogical Leadership in Africa (PedaL) project are internationally acclaimed.

She has extensive knowledge of actors, issues, challenges and opportunities in African higher education and has trained over 3,000 teaching staff in 91 universities in 11 African countries in innovative pedagogies. She has contributed immensely to the formulation of education policy and participated in education policy debates within the region and globally: 

 Association of African Universities; EU-Africa policy dialogues; London School of Economics Africa Summit, among others. She holds a B.Ed and M. Phil in Planning and Economics of Education, Moi University, Kenya; PhD from the University of Athens, and has received further training at the International Institute of Educational Planning in Paris, France.



Dr. Chris Kiptoo

Principal Secretary, The National Treasury



Dr. Chris Kiptoo is the Principal Secretary, National Treasury. He was appointed Principal Secretary by President William Samoei Ruto on 1st December 2022. Dr. Kiptoo is the immediate former Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Before that, he also served as a Principal Secretary at the State Department of Trade, Ministry of Industry, Trade & Cooperatives.

In his working career, Dr. Kiptoo has acquired a rich wealth of experience in economic policy analysis, mainly gained at the Central Bank of Kenya, Capital Market Authority and the International Monetary Fund, where he has served in various capacities. His expertise especially relates to the design and implementation of monetary policy; balance of payments and exchange rates; fiscal operations and policy; financial sector matters including capital markets; national accounts/real sector and macroeconomic accounting, and modelling and forecasting.

Additionally, Dr. Kiptoo has proven experience in environment and climate change policies, trade policy and regional integration, private sector development and advocacy, infrastructure development, institutional development of Government institutions and organisational management, all mainly gained at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, State Department of Trade as well as Trade Mark East Africa. Noteworthy, he also has four years of experience in economic policy coordination gained while working at the then Office of the Prime Minister.

Dr. Chris Kiptoo holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in Finance (International Macroeconomics Finance specialization) from The Nairobi University, as well as a Master of Science (Ag. Economics) and Bachelor of Science (Ag. Economics) degree from Egerton University. He is also an Accredited Fellow in Macroeconomic Management Macroeconomic & Financial Management Institute of Eastern & Southern Africa (MEFMI).


Mr. Eric K. Sila
B. Com., MBA (University of Nairobi)





Mr. Erick K. Sila is currently the Group Director, Special Assets and Recoveries at Equity Holdings Group covering Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Congo, Rwanda and South Sudan. Prior to that he was the Head of Rehabilitation and Recoveries (Personal and Business Banking) in Stanbic Bank Kenya Ltd. Previously, he had served as Deputy Director, Credit Risk at NIC Bank Kenya and Head of Business Support and Corporate Recoveries (Corporate Credit) at Barclays Bank of Kenya. He is a holder of Master Degree in Business Administration (Strategic Management) and a Bachelor Degree in Commerce (Finance) from the University of Nairobi. He has international leadership experience having led teams in Corporate Credit and Business Support and Recoveries in Zambia, Uganda and Tanzania. Mr. Sila is a professional banker with leadership skills in credit risk, management, credit administration and operational risk, among others.


Ms. Mary Mugo
B.Ed (UON),M.A(Kenyatta)





Ms. Mary Mugo is a Country Director at Edukans Kenya, a Netherlands founded expert organization specializing in Basic Education and Youth Skills Development and employability program.  She holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Kenyatta University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Nairobi.  She has vast knowledge and experience in Education and leadership gained from working in Government and in NGOs.  Besides her current position, Mary has worked as  Country Director - Build Africa Kenya, Associate Director and National Education Coordinator at World Vision Kenya, Senior Principal Education Administration Officer at Teachers Service Commission, Senior Education Officer at the Ministry of Education, Government Chief Counselor at the Office of the President-Ministry of State for Public Service, Graduate High School Teacher and Counselor at Tala High School among others.  Additionally, Mary is a mentor for young people and women through community and faith based platforms.


Mr. Andrew Angenga Nyanchoga,

M.Sc., B.A





Mr. Andrew Angenga Nyanchoga holds a Masters of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Manchester University (UK) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Nairobi. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. Degree in Social Transformation at the Tangaza University College.

Mr. Nyanchoga has had a long and engaging career as a human resource practitioner in the public service and this has refined his leadership skills in Human Resource Management and Development. He was the Director of Human Resource Management and Development in the Ministry of Education, State Department of Basic Education between the year 2013 and 2018.

Prior to his appointment in the Ministry of Education, he was the Deputy Director, Human Resource, Ministry of Health from the year 2009 to 2013. In addition, he had served as the Deputy Director, Human Resource in the Ministry of Water and Ministry of Local Government


Mrs. Alice Waruguru Muita,

M.Sc., B.A


Ms. Muita holds a Masters of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Manchester, UK and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government/Political Science and Literature from the University of Nairobi.

Ms. Muita acquired vast professional experience at practice and policy formulation levels in the

public service through working in various Government Ministries and the Public Service Commission and this culminated to her appointment as the Human Resource Secretary in the Directorate of Public Service Management.

Ms. Muita has served as a Board Member (Alternate) at the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, the

National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), the Public Service Remuneration Review Board (currently the Salaries and Remuneration Commission), the Transition Authority, the National Task Force on Police Reforms and the Police Reforms Implementation Committee. She has also served as Head, Human Resource and Administration at the Kenya Wildlife Service, and Chairperson of the Nyeri County Public Service Board.

Ms. Muita has been conferred various National honours/awards including Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) and Head of State’s Commendation (HSC).


Major General (Rtd) Bashir Yussuf Haji,

M.A, B.A


Major General (Rtd) Bashir Yussuf Haji holds a Master of Arts Degree in Social Transformation: Sustainable Development, Tangaza University College and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sustainable Human Development. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Transformation: Security and Sustainable Peace.


Major Gen. (Rtd) Bashir Yussuf Haji joined the Kenya Army as a Cadet in the year 1978 and on

completion of his training, he was commissioned as a second Lieutenant and posted to an armoured recce regiment. In the course of his career, he was appointed to various levels and ranks including Colonel Operations, Commander of Armoured Brigade, Chief of Operations and Training and Commandant. He retired as the Deputy Commandant National Defence College in April 2015 with the rank of Major General. His years of assiduous training and diligent service in the military enhanced his skills in defence policy and strategy, management, governance, foreign policy and diplomacy, international conflict resolution and management, and security matters among others.


Major Gen. (Rtd) Bashir Yussuf Haji after his retirement served as the Deputy Chairman for the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Juba, South Sudan for ceasefire and transitional security arrangement and monitoring mechanism (CTSSAMM) focused on implementing the IGAD-led peace agreement in South Sudan. Currently, he is the Managing Director, of Foxhound Security and Development Consultancy.


Major Gen. (Rtd) Bashir Yussuf Haji has been conferred various National honours/awards including Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) and Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS), United Nations Medal and various other medals.


Prof. Paul K Wainaina Ph.D.,
B.Ed., M.A. Ed. (Nairobi), Ph.D. (Alberta)





Prof. Wainaina is the Vice–Chancellor Kenyatta University, and is an ex-officio member of the University Council, having been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor on 26th January 2018. He is also Professor of Philosophy of Education, Kenyatta University. Prior to his appointment he held various positions including Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) Kenyatta University, Professor of Philosophy of Education, University of Namibia, Professor of Philosophy of Education, Moi University among others.


He is an alumni of University of Alberta, Canada


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