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Gulu University gets new vice-chancellor

By Jackson Kitara

Added 11th January 2018 12:25 PM

Openjuru will replace Prof. Jack Nyeko Pen-Mogi, who has been in acting capacity since January 15 last year, when his contract expired.

Gulu University gets new vice-chancellor

Openjuru will replace Prof. Jack Nyeko Pen-Mogi, who has been in acting capacity since January 15 last year, when his contract expired.

New Gulu University Vice-chancellor, Prof. George Openjuru Ladaah addressing the press at Northern Uganda Media Club in Gulu.(Jackson Kitara)

EDUCATION

GULU - The new Gulu University vice-chancellor, Prof. George Openjuru Ladaah is slated to assume office on January 13, during the university's 13th graduation ceremony.

Openjuru will replace Prof. Jack Nyeko Pen-Mogi, who has been in acting capacity since January 15 last year, when his contract expired.

He has been the university deputy vice-chancellor and a former dean for the school of distance and lifelong learning at Makerere University.

Given his 25 years of experience at both Makerere and Gulu universities, Openjuru comes with a wealth of management experience into office.

Openjuru was recommended by the university council in July last year, after emerging the best candidate among three others, who were shortlisted for the top job.

While addressing the press at Northern Uganda Media Club in Gulu town Wednesday, Openjuru pledged to make the university internationally competitive.

Prof. Jack Nyeko Pen Mogi, the outgoing chancellor Gulu University adressing the press (Jackson Kitara)


He vowed to root for research, which will welcome international students and eventually improve the lives of communities round the university.

"I will steer Gulu University to greater heights that will put it among the top ranking institutions, Openjuru said.

"I plan to prioritise infrastructure development to accommodate over 10,000 students," he said.

Openjuru also said he will negotiate with non-teaching staff as pertains to their strike over delayed payment for the smooth running of the institution.

He assumes office at a time when lecturers and non-teaching have laid down their tools, demanding sh700m in arrears.

Nyeko congratulated his successor, saying choosing him was based on his capability and experience in management as an associate professor.

"Openjuru was my deputy and was in charge of academics. So, Gulu University has not got new chancellor because he is conversant with its operations," Nyeko said.


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