Prof. Romanus Odhiambo was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of Meru University of Science and Technology on 18th July, 2018. Prof. Romanus Odhiambo has over 26-years progressive experience in academics, research and leadership with over 18 years in senior leadership positions. Throughout these years he has observed fidelity to diligence and integrity. Prof. Odhiambo is a member of International Biometric Society (IBS), Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), Kenya Inter-University Association of Mathematicians and Computer Scientists and Specialized Committee of Science Education in East Africa coordinated by Inter University Council of East Africa (ICUEA).
Prof. Odhiambo has also participated in Curriculum review for the Commission for University Education. Some of the programmes he has reviewed include MSc. Statistics, MSc. Applied Mathematics, MSc. Pure Mathematics and Actuarial Science and BSc. Mathematics and Economics. Prof. Odhiambo has been involved and continues to be involved in the supervision of Ph.D and Masters’ theses examinations. To date, he has supervised over 27 Ph.D students and 32 Masters’ students to completion. His current research interests include: Robust estimation in finite population; multiplicative bias reduction; artificial neutral network; quantile regression, non-parametric regression for finite population inference; small area estimation; handling non-responses; handling measurement errors; estimating finite population; total mean and variance under various sampling designs and robust estimation. In relation to these topics, Prof. Odhiambo has published 46 articles and participated in over 22 national and international conferences and workshops. He has also co-authored 5 undergraduate textbooks.
In his career, Prof. Odhiambo has distinguished himself in organization’s development and management aspects such as resource mobilization, fund raising, projects management and leading change.
PROF. CHARITY W. GICHUKI, Ph.D
DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR – ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE AND PLANNING
Prof. Charity Gichuki, is a Professor of Immunopathology, currently working as the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Administration, Finance and Planning at the Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST). Prof Gichuki holds a PhD (1994) from the University of Glasgow and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM, 1987) from the University of Nairobi. After graduating with a BVM, Prof Gichuki practiced as a veterinary Surgeon with the Government of Kenya (Laikipia District) between July 1987 and September 1988, after which she joined the Kenya Trypanosomiasis Research Institute (KETRI) where she worked for eleven years (September 1988 to August 1999). At KETRI, she rose through the ranks from an Assistant Research Officer to Senior Research Officer. She then joined Kenyatta University as a lecturer in 1999 until 2011, where she grew through the ranks to an Associate Professor in the School of Pure and Applied Sciences. Between 2003 and 2005, she was a consultant for an NGO, Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International, where she served as the Technical Director of community development projects to various end user communities, mainly small scale farmers. In May 2011, she joined the Presbyterian University of East Africa (PUEA), as a Professor in charge of Research and Development. While working there, she grew to become the Deputy Vice Chancellor, in charge of Academic Affairs, Administration and Finance. These assignments have honed Prof Gichuki skills in developing, soliciting funding for and implementing research and development projects and has given her valuable experience in institutional development and management.
PROF. SIMON THURANIRA Ph.D
AG. DEPUTY VICE CHANCELLOR, ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS
Prof. Simon Thuranira has over 20 years of experience in Administration and Teaching at the University level. He currently serves as the Ag. Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) at Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST). Prof. Thuranira holds a Ph.D in International Education Policy from University of Maryland -USA, Master of Education and Bachelor of Education both from Kenyatta University -Kenya. Areas of research and specialization include Educational Leadership and Management, International and Comparative Education and Teacher Education. He served as Chairman of Education Department at Kenya Methodist University, a Consultant at the International Reading Association-Washington DC and at US-Africa Initiative on Higher Education – Washington DC. He was the founding Chairman of the Department of Education and Social Sciences at the University of Embu. Prof. Thuranira also taught at the University of Maryland-USA. He has been a visiting Professor at Purdue University – Fort Wayne, U.S.A in 2017 and Carnegie Scholar in 2015. Prof Thuranira has published several books, book chapters and articles in refereed Journals. He has also supervised over 40 post graduate students
Dr. ELIJAH WALUBUKA, Ph.D
REGISTRAR (ADMINISTRATION AND PLANNING)
Dr. Elijah Walubuka holds a Bachelors degree from Daystar University, a Masters degree from Egerton University and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Business Management and Administration from Kabarak University. Dr. Walubuka is a career administrator with over 15 years of Senior Management experience. He previously worked for Childcare International – Kenya as the County Director in charge of Child Sponsorship. He has served as a Senior Assistant Registrar and Deputy Registrar at Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST). Dr. Walubuka is a full member at the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM), Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) and the National Quality Institute (NQI). He is currently the Management Representative.
DR. STEPHEN KARANJA, Ph.D
AG. REGISTRAR (ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS)
MR. NEPHAT NJERU
Nephat Njeru holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (Finance) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from Kenyatta University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining Meru University of Science and Technology in June 2009 Mr. Njeru was an accountant in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).