Daystar Involves Stakeholders in Search for the next VC
On February 15, the Daystar University Council hosted a public forum aimed at facilitating stakeholders participation in the search for a new Vice-Chancellor. Invited to the Forum were representatives of the Senate, Management Board, Senior Staff Association of Daystar University, Daystar University General Staff Association, Parents, Students, Daystar University Alumni Association, the Council Members, and Daystar Company. The Forum, facilitated by an independent moderator Johnson Mwakazi picked from the Alumni body, was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Upper Hill, perceived to be a neutral ground.
Speaking during the Forum, the Council Chair Prof. Henry said that the search for the Vice-Chancellor is the responsibility of the University Council and observed that although involving stakeholders was not a statutory requirement, the Council felt the need to involve the various Daystar stakeholders for the purpose of transparency.
Prof. Thairu disclosed that the Council had last year appointed a search committee for the next VC headed by the Chairperson of the Council HR Committee, Mrs. Nyambura Musyimi, to spearhead the process. Other members of the search committee included: Ms. Catherine Butaki and Mr. Solomon Mahinda representing the Alumni Association DUAA, Dr. Josephine Munyao and Prof. Michael Bowen representing Faculty, staff, Senate and the Management Board.Echoing Prof. Thairu, Mrs. Musyimi added that the public forum was meant to give the Daystar stakeholders opportunity to hear the candidates out, ask them questions and give their views. She assured that the stakeholders that their comments and questions would be analyzed and incorporated in the final decision.
The Search committee worked with Manpower Consultants, a consultancy firm that helped to shortlist six candidates out of the 30 who had responded to the advert which was placed in a Daily Newspaper on December 5, 2018.
Out of the six, the three top finalists were given the opportunity to make presentations to the University stakeholders.
The Candidates prepared their presentations based on three broad questions by the University Council:
- Self introduction of the candidates including their credentials.
- Their vision for Daystar University and where they see Daystar in the next 10 years.
- What they plan to do in their first 100 days in office.
The stakeholders were also given opportunity to rate the candidates alongside their written submissions. The Search Committee assured that their remarks would be incorporated in the final report to the Council for consideration in its final decision.