Vice-Chancellor back from Daystar US Board Meetings
The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Laban Ayiro is back from a visit to Daystar US (DUS) after a successful trip to the U.S. The VC arrived back on May 4, concluding a 10-day trip which started on April 23, 2019. He was accompanied to the U.S. by the Company Chair Rev. Dr. MacMillan Kiiru and the Council Chair Prof. Henry Thairu.
Besides attending Daystar US Board meetings, the aim of the trip was to introduce the new Vice-Chancellor to Daystar US staff, Daystar US Board and key partners of the University.
During the board meetings, Prof. Ayiro tabled a report of the University to the full Daystar US Board. The three-some delegation also attended committees of the Daystar US Board, key among them the Development Committee, Finance Committee and Board Relations. The Vice-Chancellor’s report contained details of ongoing developments at the University key among them new leadership, recruitment of the 4th Vice-Chancellor, ongoing healing forums, planned strategy review and efforts to restore trust and confidence among stakeholders. He also presented reports on the University’s financial position, spiritual growth status, and nine priority developmental projects including the construction of a Water Reservoir (dam) at the main Athi River Campus, water distribution system, water treatment plant, waste management system, perimeter wall construction, the upgrade of sports facilities with the Gym as a priority, security access control system, revamping of Nairobi campus communication studios and the construction of a University Chapel, all together estimated to cost US$ 7.5 million (Ksh 751 million).
Daystar U.S. Board of Directors
Addressing the Daystar Community during the Nairobi Campus Chapel on Tuesday May 7, 2019, Prof. Ayiro thanked Daystar US Board members and friends of the University for restoring faith in the new leadership as demonstrated through the spontaneous response to the VC’s report, which includes Ksh 13.5 million for studio upgrades that was given by the DUS board and staff.
“Daystar US is too important to the development of Daystar University in Kenya to be ignored,” said Prof. Ayiro.
He further urged the community to love and protect the University, and cautioned against posting negative content on social media. “What you posted on social media since 2017 has regrettably destroyed this University in ways you cannot imagine,” he said, adding that “just like a school, a University is like your mother and even if your mother had one eye, she is still your mother. Let us protect our mother-Daystar University,” he pleaded.”
During the meetings, the Daystar US staff revealed that negative social media posts last year had severely harmed their fundraising for Daystar University, including scholarship fundraising. “We are working for the students but we have lost donors since last year over negative comments made on social media,” said Daystar US Executive Director Alan Cooke.
In 2018, the Daystar U.S. Office supported 212 students with full and partial scholarships and one-time grants. DUS hopes to raise Ksh 30 million this year towards student scholarships.
The VC further revealed that after discussions and adequate explanations to the Daystar US Board, members and key funders of Daystar University graciously agreed to resume the fundraising needed to restart the stalled water reservoir at the main Athi River campus, including a water treatment facility. They would also consider raising funds for a water distribution system and waste water (sewage) system in the future.
Daystar Vice-Chancellor committed to prayer before he travelled back to Kenya by Daystar US Board Members and friends