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Appointment of the 13th Kenyatta University Council

The 13th Kenyatta University Council Members were appointed through Kenya Gazette Notices Vol. CXXIV-No. 131 dated 8th July, 2022 and Vol. CXXV-No. 249 dated 24th November, 2023.

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


Dr Ben Chumo PhD., OGW


Dr. Ben Chumo is the Chairman of Kenyatta University Council and a renowned Human Resource Management practitioner, educator, innovator, and transformative leader.  He is a holder of PhD (Human Resource Management) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, Master in Business Administration and Bachelors Degree (Social Sciences) from the University of Nairobi. 

He is currently a Director and Chairman of the Board at Eagle HR Consultants based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is also a member of the Institute of Human Resource Management in good standing.

He previously had a long and engaging career at Kenya Power Company where he rose through the ranks to become the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. He joined the Company in July 1986 and was the Chief Manager in charge of Human Resources & Administration between 2003 and 2013. Between July 1, 2013 and January 7, 2014, he served as the Acting Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Company. On January 7, 2014, he was appointed the substantive MD and CEO of the Company, a position he held until January 2017 when he left the company after attaining the retirement age. He also served as the Chairman of Council Egerton University.

In recognition of his talent as a mover of Human Resources Management and transformative leadership for the benefit of the country, the continent and the world, Laikipia University confered him the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Business (Honoris Causa) and was also awarded the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) of Kenya by the third President of Kenya, H.E. Hon. Mwai Kibaki in 2008.



Dr. Beatrice Muganda Inyangala

Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education


Dr Beatrice Muganda Inyangala is the Principal Secretary, State Department for Higher Education and Research, Ministry of Education, Kenya Government. Her areas of expertise are public policy, gender inclusivity, quality assurance, teaching methodology, governance and fundraising. Prior to her current appointment, she served as the Deputy Executive Director and the Director of Higher Education at the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR).
Dr Muganda led the Pedagogical Leadership in Africa (PedaL) project, working closely with multiple partners in distinct contexts to drive sustainable change in the delivery of university programmes to strengthen graduate competencies. She oversaw the training of more than 1000 teaching staff in 60 universities on the African continent in innovative pedagogies.
Dr Muganda is an accomplished educationist with programme planning, design and implementation expertise. She has facilitated formal partnerships among African universities, with Northern partner universities and international knowledge networks around innovative projects that promote excellence, relevance and access in higher education at both masters and doctoral levels.

Dr Muganda has extensive knowledge of issues, challenges and opportunities in African higher education and has proactively engaged various policy actors in higher education transformation. She has also been involved in education policy debates globally: EU-Africa policy dialogues, Wilton Park dialogues, The Africa-America Institute, London School of Economics Africa Summit, Africa Sciedev, University World News, Guardian Global Development Professionals Network, and the Association of African Universities. She has contributed to Kenya’s national policy documents such as the Medium Term Framework on Education and Training for Vision 2030, and the National Manpower Survey. She holds a B.Ed and M. Phil in Planning and Economics of Education from Moi University, a PhD from the University of Athens, and has received further training at the International Institute of Educational Planning in Paris.



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 Andrew Angenga Nyanchoga
Mr. Andrew Angenga Nyanchoga
M.Sc., B.A


Mr. Andrew Angenga Nyanchoga was appointed as a member of the Kenyatta University Council with effect from 8th July, 2022. He holds a Masters of Science Degree in HumanResource Management from Manchester University (UK) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree fromthe 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 was appointed as a member of the Kenyatta University Council with effect from 8th July, 2022. She 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 was appointed as a member of the Kenyatta University Council with effect from 8th July, 2022. He 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 Lietenant and posted to an armoured recce regiment. In the course of his career, he was appointed in various levels and ranks including Colonel Operations, Commander Armoured Brigade, Chief of Operations and Training and Commandant. He retired as the Deputy Commandant National Defence College in April 2015 in the rank of Major General. His years of assiduous training and diligent service in the military enhanced his skills in defense policy and strategy, management, governance, foreign policy and diplomacy, international conflict resolution and management, 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, 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.


 Mr Weru Macharia

Mr. Weru Macharia

MSc (Health Services and Hospital Management) UK


Mr. Weru Macharia is a Member of Kenyatta University Council and a renowned Health Services and Hospital Management Specialist. He has a Diploma and Master of Science Degree in Health Services and Hospital Management from London South Bank University (UK). He is currently a Board member of Elimu TV and a Development Committee member at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. He has previously worked in the Ministry of Health personnel department, before joining the University of Nairobi in 1979 where he rose through the ranks to become the Hospital Administrator in the University of Nairobi Dental Hospital and later to the position of Senior Assistant Registrar. He had actively participated in the Drafting of the University of Nairobi Parallel program (Module II) in the late ‘90s, now literary in practice in most of the universities and colleges in the country.

As a health and hospital management specialist he succeeded in overseeing the transformation of the University of Nairobi Dental School from a small departmental teaching clinic in the early ‘80s to highly specialized teaching University Hospital and most highly rated of its kind in the region.



Prof. Waceke Wanjohi, Ph.D., FRSB, FKNAS


Prof. Waceke Wanjohi, is a full Professor of Plant pathology in the School of Agriculture and Environmental studies at Kenyatta University. She is a scholar of international repute with extensive university working experience that spans over 35 years. She has immensely contributed to university education through various innovative and collaborative initiatives and in her different leadership and management roles; both within and outside the University. As a result, she has been recognized both nationally and internationally; she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology; a Fellow of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS); a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow; a Fellow of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and was recognized as an outstanding Scientist by the Falling Walls Foundation in Germany.  Between 2009 and 2015, she served as an Independent External Expert in the Evaluation and Negotiation of the Annual Performance Contracts in the public sector on behalf of the Government of Kenya. Prof. Wanjohi is currently the Ag. Vice Chancellor and has previously served in the same position.  Substantively, Prof. Wanjohi is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic); the Vice President of the KNAS Governing Council and a Member of the International Science Council Standing Committee for Science Planning in France (2022-2025). She has been awarded the Exemplary Performance and the Extra Mile Awards by Kenyatta University during the Annual University’s honors day.


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