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Makerere University Appoints New Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration

Professor Mugisha's appointment marks the end of his ten-year quest for the position

Professor Mugisha’s appointment marks the end of his ten-year quest for the position

KAMPALA, UGANDA – Makerere University has finally filled the long-vacant position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration, with Professor Anthony Mugisha emerging as the top candidate.

The position had been vacant since 2017, when Professor Barnabas Nawangwe was appointed Vice-Chancellor.

According to the University Senate’s search committee report, Professor Mugisha scored the highest with a composite score of 79.88%, derived from 47.64% in face-to-face interviews and 32% in public presentations.

He was followed closely by Professor Henry Arinaitwe, the acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, with a total score of 77.20%, and Associate Professor James Bruce Kirenga with a score of 75.70%.

The search committee, consisting of five members, concluded that all three candidates were suitable for the position, but Professor Mugisha’s impressive performance earned him the top spot.

The University Senate members voted Professor Mugisha as the best overall candidate, with 31 votes, beating Professor Arinaitwe by one vote, while Associate Professor Kirenga managed 10 votes.

Professor Mugisha’s appointment marks the end of his ten-year quest for the position. He first vied for the role in 2013 but lost to Professor Nawangwe. In 2017, Mugisha again lost and subsequently challenged Professor William Bazeyo’s appointment in court.

The new Deputy Vice-Chancellor will oversee the finances and administration of the University and be responsible for its planning and development. The position is crucial in ensuring the proper management of the University’s resources and academic programs.

The University Council is expected to approve Professor Mugisha’s appointment, bringing an end to the long wait for a substantive Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration.

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