Former CEO of CUE appointed VC of USIU-AFRICA 

Prof Mwenda Ntarangwi, new Vice Chancellor of USIU-AFRICA.

University Council of the United States International University, Africa (USIU-AFRICA) has appointed former CEO of Commission for University Education (CUE) Prof Mwenda Ntarangwi as new Vice Chancellor (VC).

In a statement today, University Council Chair Kris Senanu indicated that Prof Mwenda was appointed after a rigorous and extensive recruitment process. He will assume his new role on July 1, 2024.

He now takes over from Dr Omolola E. Omole-Odubekun who has been serving as Interim VC.

Senanu indicated that Prof Ntarangwi is particularly drawn to USIU-Africa’s mission to prepare the next generation of effective, engaged and ethical leaders for the fast-changing African and global contexts.

“He brings a wealth of experience in international scholarly writing, demonstrated by publications, teaching and research that have culminated in up to 64 universities and colleges around the world assigning his books, papers, and book chapters in their courses,” he said

Mwenda has published 9 books, 24 journal articles, 18 book chapters, and 6 encyclopedia entries, among other publications, as well as organized and facilitated 20 conferences and workshops around the world.

The council noted that the Professor is engaging, personable and a lively lateral thinker with good understanding of leadership and the challenges in higher education, particularly in the East African context.

“We are confident that through his expertise and experiences as an accomplished executive leader, scholar and teacher, he will contribute to USIU-Africa’s success and stability while moving it to the next level in achieving our vision as a premier institution of academic excellence with a global perspective,” part of the statement read.

Prof Ntarangwi is an accomplished scholar in cultural anthropology and has dedicated his entire professional life, spanning three decades, in the higher education sub-sector in Africa and the United States of America.

Since 2022, he has been serving as Deputy Principal-Academics, Research and Student Affairs at NIRUC, a constituent college of the National Defence University – Kenya, where he has been instrumental in the establishment and growth of the university’s faculty and teaching programmes.


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