Daystar University, the institution that was gripped by crisis a year ago culminating in the sacking of its Vice-Chancellor and the disbandment of its Council, has began the search for a new VC.
Almost a year since students began protesting against mismanagement at the university, leading to a variety of top level administration changes at the varsity, an internal memo from the Chair of the Interim Council Prof. Henry Thairu stated that steps have been put in place to begin the process of identifying the institution’s fourth Vice-Chancellor.
Daystar University has been under the helm of Prof. James Kombo in an acting capacity since December 2017 when then VC Prof. Timothy Wachira was sent on sabbatical leave to pave way for investigations arising from the protesting students’ concerns.
Prof. Wachira was then relieved of his duties earlier this year, with a local media newspaper that had interviewed him also reporting that some members of the university Council had resigned shortly after the VC’s sacking.
Council was then disbanded by the private university, with an interim Council appointed for a one year period, according to the Daystar University website.
In the internal memo from Prof Thairu dated December 4, the former VC of Inoorero University alluded to one of the assignments mandated to the interim Council, of recruiting a new Vice-Chancellor.
The memo also said that Daystar University had appointed a seven person search committee to steer the process. Prof. Thairu also added that HR Consulting firm Manpower Services (K) Limited had been “competitively appointed” to handle the process.
Whearas the qualifications for the new VC’s job were not stated, Prof. Thairu said that the HR consultancy firm would carry out the advertising of the position in a local newspaper on two dates in December 2018, as well as on the Daystar University website. Manpower Services will also shortlist five candidates.
“Please request interested and qualified candidates to apply to Manpower Services Ltd.,” Prof Thairu said in the memo.
The top five candidates will be cut down to three finalists, who will be interviewed and will give presentations to representatives of the Daystar community.
A top private Christian university which is popularly known for its Communication course, Daystar University had been in the public limelight for all the wrong reasons as students began protesting against mismanagement at the institution in November of last year.
The protests saw the University close twice towards the tail end of last year, and once this year amid a series of misgivings such as teargas being hailed at students at the Athi River Campus and the harassing of learners by unidentified men at the Nairobi Campus.
Whereas the protests were largely non-violent in nature and were seen to be spread via the medium of social media, the impact saw the changes to the top management after an audit was conducted of the institution and a taskforce appointed to look into the crisis.
Since the return to normalcy, the institution has since launched a law school, which was officially opened by Chief Justice David Maraga last month.