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Finally Moi University gets substantive VC

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Outgoing Ag. Vice Chancellor Prof. Laban Ayiro (R) handing over Moi University Charter to incoming Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaac S. Kosgey

After one-and-a-half-year wait, Moi University has finally got a new substantive Vice Chancellor in Prof. Isaac Sanga Kosgey.

Outgoing Acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Laban P. Ayiro, who served since September 2016 handed over the mantle to Prof. Kosgey on Wednesday March 21, 2018 in a ceremony presided over by chairman of Council, Dr. Jeremiah Ntoloi Ole Koshal, at main campus in Kesses. Prof. Ayiro took over from Prof. Richard Mibey, who served ten years since 2006.

“I wish to thank Prof. Ayiro most sincerely for ushering us [ new University Council] in and being very honest about the state of Moi University. Challenges is not a very good thing to talk about but the conversations we have had have shown than we can address them,” said Dr. Koshal.

IMG 2192Dr. Koshal added that Prof. Ayiro did his best and now the University has got a new Vice Chancellor who should be supported by all stakeholders to move the institution to greater heights.

“The general outlook of the University has improved. As Prof. Ayiro goes, he should know that his contribution to Moi University will never be forgotten. To the incoming VC, the things you talked about during the interview; now you have the opportunity to put them into practice,” said Dr. Koshal.

He added: “I want to assure Prof. Kosgey that you can count on me and the Council for our unwavering support to address the challenges of this institution. All of us are here to pursue the interest of Moi University. We shall support you in whatever is noble and right for the University.”

In his handover remarks, Prof. Ayiro thanked God for the opportunity to serve Moi University as Acting Vice Chancellor and for giving him the tenacity of mind and vision.

“It has been a great experience working for Moi University in acting capacity as the Vice Chancellor for the last one-and-a-half years. I have no regrets. I cherish and love this University and even after I have left this office, I will still be teaching my masters and PhD students. I promise to give my successor all my support,” said Prof. Ayiro.

He thanked the Government of Kenya, Moi University chairman of Council, staff and students for their cooperation during his tenure. He congratulated Prof. Kosgey for being appointed the Vice Chancellor, noting that he has no doubt that his management will steer the institution a notch higher.

Prof. Kosgey, in his acceptance speech, noted that it was a great opportunity for him to serve the University. He expressed his gratitude to President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and Education Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohamed  for the appointment.IMG 2260

Council members in a group photo with new Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaac S. Kosgey

“I feel humbled for the appointment. I am coming in to be a servant of this University and the country. It is a big responsibility to serve this big University. I am coming in being aware of the responsibilities the University is supposed to play in the society. What we would like to see is doing right what we are mandated to do. We also need to focus on innovation particularly looking into the four pillars of Government,” said Prof. Kosgey.

He reiterated the role of Rivatex East Africa Limited in the industrialization of the country, and highlighted the need for the University to work closely with the community through corporate social responsibility.

Prof. Kosgey thanked Prof. Ayiro, calling him a brother who he had already established a rapport with despite being competitors for the top job.

“I want all of us to work as a team. We should pay much focus to students who are our number one clients. I will consult widely with all the stakeholders. Where I come from, there is a saying that you cannot go far alone, but together with the rest,” he noted.

The new VC was unveiled before the University Senate by the chairman of Council. Later Prof. Kosgey received guests from Nandi County who came to congratulate him upon assuming the new office.

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L-R: Moi University Ag. DVC Finance Prof Daniel Tarus, Nandi County CEC Trade, Investment and Industrialization Dr. Bernard Kiplimo Arap Lagat, new Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaac Kosgey, Nandi County CEC Education and Vocational Training Mr.  Stanley Baliach and Moi University Director Quality Assurance Prof. Michael Korir.

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