The 10th Kenyatta University council was appointed on 14th March, 2017 through Kenya gazette. On 17th March, 2017, the University Management organized a hand over ceremony held at the University Council Boardroom whereby the outgoing Chairman of Council, Prof. Ratemo Michieka handed over the instruments of power to the newly appointed Chairman Prof. Shem E. Migot-Adholla.On 31st March, 2017, the newly appointed members of Kenyatta University Council met for inauguration. The new board attended a retreat for induction on 21st and 22nd April, 2017 at North Coast Beach Hotel.

Council Members

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Prof. Shem E. Migot-Adholla – Chairman of Council

Shem E. Migot-Adholla is a social and economic development specialist with long inter-disciplinary research and policy experience in many countries. He is a private consultant based in Nairobi, Kenya and works on issues including agriculture and rural development, migration, land policy reform, environmental management and rural health issues. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Equity Bank, Kenya and serves as Chairman of Equity Bank subsidiary in South Sudan. He is also the Chairman of Council of Kenyatta University, Nairobi, and was the Chairman of the Center for Corporate Governance, Nairobi, from 2009 to 2016, and served on the Board of Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT), a charitable fund based in Nairobi, over the same period.

He previously served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) between 2004 and 2007, and was also a member of the Board of Directors, Housing Finance Company of Kenya between 2009 and 2015

He was the Lead Specialist on Land Policy and Administration for Africa Region at the World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC, between 1994 and 2004. During that period he also served (on secondment) as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Government of Kenya, where he was responsible for formulation and implementation of agricultural and rural development policy as well as general oversight of one of the largest ministries in the country, including some 38 state corporations.

Earlier, he had a long and engaging career at the University of Nairobi where he taught for many years, provided leadership in the Department of Sociology and was involved in research activities at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS). This latter experience gave him extensive field work experience in every region in Kenya. In these capacities, he has also run workshops and conferences, prepared reports and professional publications focusing on rural land issues, migration, rural institutions, pastoralism, as well as rural health and disease problems. He has also been involved in a number of feasibility studies, project reviews and evaluations in many parts of Kenya and East Africa on behalf of governments, bilateral, multilateral organizations as well as private corporations.

His working experience spans many African countries as well as Haiti, Kyrgyz Republic and several Asian countries. Over the years Prof. Migot-Adholla has built an extensive inter-disciplinary background and cultural open-mindedness. He has the ability to apprehend and act innovatively as a team leader.

Prof. Collete A. Suda(Ph.D, FKNAS,EB)


Prof. Collete A. Suda(Ph.D, FKNAS,EB) is the Chief Administrative Secretary and Principal Secretary,State Department for the University Education and Research,Ministry of Education.She holds a B.A(Hons.) Degree from the University of Nairobi, M.Sc. Degrees in Rural Sociology and Community Development(Missouri-Columbia) and Ph.D. in Rural Sociology (Missouri-Columbia).


dr margaret wanjiku Dr. Margaret Wanjiku Njoroge  

Dr. Margaret W. Njoroge is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. She holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Egerton University. Dr. Njoroge also holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelors degree in Psychology (Counseling).  She previously worked in other organizations both NGOs and learning institutions.

These include among others, Mount Kenya University, The Presbyterian University of East Africa and Kenya Methodist University.. Dr. Njoroge has published articles in various international journals and presented conference papers in her area of expertise.

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Mr. Eric Kingdom Sila

Eric K Sila is currently Deputy Director, Credit Risk at NIC Bank Kenya. Prior to that, he was Head of Business Support & Corporate Recoveries (Corporate Credit) at Barclays Bank of Kenya. He is a holder of Masters degree in Business Administration (Strategic Management) and a Bachelors degree in Commerce (Finance) from the University of Nairobi. He has international leadership experience having led teams in Corporate Credit and Business Support and Recoveries in Zambia, Uganda and Tanzania. Mr. Sila is a professional banker with leadership skills in credit risk, management, credit administration and operational risk amongst others.

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Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Ibrahim

Mr. Ahmed M. Ibrahim is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Tassia Integrated Academies Limited. He holds a Masters degree in Arts (International Relations) from Brunel University, London and a Bachelors degree in Arts (International Development) from the University of East London, UK. Mr. Ahmed has previously worked in several international organizations including Islamic Relief World Wide, The Kenya Red Cross and The Inter-Continental Charity Organization based in London, UK.

Dr.Kamau Thugge


Dr. Kamau Thunge is the Principal Secretary of the National Treasury. He serves in the Ministry of Finance as the Econimic Secretary and the Director in charge of Fiscal and Monetary Affairs.

Mrs Gertrude Muthoni Namu

Mrs. Getrude Muthoni Namu


Mrs. Getrude Muthoni Namu holds a Master Degree in Education(Library and Information Science) and a Bachelor Degree in Education from Kenyatta University.She is an accomplished leader who has vast knowledge and experience in curriculum and programmes development. She has provided strategic and policy direction in various institutions in addition to spearheading and managing relationships,collaboration and accredition. Mrs. Namu has also served as a Member of Council, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology and as a Board Member of Embu College.

Mr. Narry P. Onaya Odeck

Mr. Narry P. Onaya- Odeck


Mr. Narry P. Onaya- Odeck holds a Master Degree in Project Planning and Management and a Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Nairobi.He is a professional administrator with vast leadership skills in administration and human resource management among others.Mr. Onaya joined the University of Nairobi Administration in the year 1979 as a senior administrative assistant and moved through the ranks working in various departments before becoming the University Registrar in charge of Administration and Human Resource Management in the year 2009. Mr. Onaya has also served as a Member in various Boards including Sangalo Institute of Science and Technology Board.

Prof. Paul K. Wainaina


Prof. Paul K. Wainaina is a Professor of Education with a PhD(Philosophy of Education),Master of Arts(Philosophy of Education) and a Bachelor of Education. He is the current Vice-Chancellor,Kenyatta University. Previously, he served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) at Kenyatta University for six years. Pro. Paul K. Wainaina has also held a number of administrative positions among them: Founding Chairman Department of Education Foundations- Moi University; Chairman, Department of Educational Foundations and Management -University of Namibia; Deputy Dean, Faculty of Education -University of Namibia; Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Namibia.



There shall be a Council of the University which shall consist of:-

  • A chairman, a vice-Chairman and an honorary treasurer – all of whom shall be appointed by the Chancellor;
  • The Vice-Chancellor;
  • The Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • The principal of each constituent college;
  • The Permanent Secretary to the Ministry for the time being responsible for University education;
  • The Permanent Secretary to the Ministry for the time being responsible for finance;
  • Not more than eight members appointed by the President to represent the Government;
  • Four persons appointed by the Senate from among its members;
  • After a date appointed by the Council, two persons appointed by the Convocation from among its members;
  • Two members elected by non-Senate members of the academic staff from among themselves;
  • Two members elected by the students’ organization;
  • One person elected by the non-academic staff from among themselves;
  • Not more than two members co-opted to the Council from time to time.

Subject to sub-section (3), a member of the Council, other than an ex-officio member, shall hold office for a period of three years, but shall be eligible for re-appointment.The office of a member of the Council shall become vacant:-

  • If, not being an ex-officio member, he resigns his office by writing under his hand addressed to the
  • University Secretary;
  • If the Council is satisfied that the member, is, by reason of physical or mental infirmity, unable to exercise the functions of his office;
  • Upon his death.
  • Where the office of a member of the Council becomes vacant under subsection (3), the University Secretary shall forthwith notify the vacancy to the approppriate appointing body or person.
  • The procedure and the conduct and regulation of the affairs of the Council shall be vested in the Council.

Functions of the Council:
  • Subject to this Act, the Council shall be the governing body of the University through which the
    corporation of the University shall act and;-
  • Shall administer the property and funds of the University in a manner and for purposes which shall promote the best interests of the University, but the Council shall not charge or dispose off immovable property of the University without prior approval of the Chancellor;
  • Shall receive, on behalf of the University or a constituent college, donations, endowments, gifts, grants or other moneys and make disbursements there from to the constituent college or other bodies or ‘persons’;
  • Shall provide for the welfare of the students of the University;
  • May enter into association with other universities, or other institutions of learning, whether within Kenya or otherwise, as the Council may deem necessary and appropriate.
  • May, after consultation with the Senate, make regulations governing the conduct and discipline of the students of the University.
  • All documents, other than those required by law to be under seal, made on behalf of the Council and all decisions of the Council, may be signed under the hand of the Chairman, the Vice-Chancellor, the University Secretary, the Registrar or any other member of the Council generally or specially authorized by the Council in that behalf.
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