Daystar University | GOVERNANCE

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    • University Council
    • Management Board
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    PROF. MARY MURIMI - Chancellor, Daystar University

    Mary Murimi, PhD. RD Professor of Nutrition Texas Tech University College of Human Sciences

    • Committed and born again Christian woman
    • Member of Turning Point Church, Texas and involved in small groups
    • Married to Sammy Murimi (1982) and a mother of four.
    • Involved as a family in Share International which has planted over 200 churches in rural Turkana in Northern Kenya, and they have trained and sent about 61 Turkana missionaries. Prof. Murimi is involved with the women and girls ministries in Turkana. 


    Education and Professional background

    • Graduated with a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition with an emphasis in community nutrition and behavior change from Iowa State University in August 1996. 
    • Registered Dietitian with the American Dietetic Association since 1993
    • Member of the Society of Nutrition Education since 1992
    • 1992 M.S. Eastern Illinois University, Food and Nutrition/Dietetics
    • 1990 B.S. Mundelein College, Food and Nutrition/Dietetics




    • She started her teaching and research career at Louisiana Tech University in 1998 where she progressed through all the academic ranks, took a sabbatical at Yale in 2008, and Joined Texas Tech in 2012. 
    • She is currently a full professor of Nutrition at Texas Tech University in the department of Nutritional Sciences engaged in teaching, grant writing, and research at the local and international level. Leadership responsibilities are part of the package.  
    • She is the President-Elect and the chair of the 2016 annual conference for the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior.  This position comes with a wide range of influence, decision making, mentoring the next generation, and assessing and setting nutrition policies.
    • At her community research laboratory, she is mentoring a total of 5 doctoral students from Kenya, Eritrea, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia and a post-doc fellow from Kenya.  At the community level, she is the lead nutrition researcher for the East Lubbock Promise neighborhood and a member of the International Center for Food Industry Excellence cluster at Texas Tech University. 
    • She has made international memorandum of understanding between Texas Tech University and Kenyatta University, The Kenya Medical Research Institute, The Vaal University of Technology in South Africa, Rwanda college of Public Health, The Jigjiga University in Ethiopia


    Research and Publications

    • Prof. Murimi is widely published with more than 35 works published.
    • She has served the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior as an Associate Editor since 2008 to current, determining the articles that are timely and educational, and guiding both reviewers and authors in the production of timely, accurate, and relevant articles.   
    • She has also spoken in over 50 conferences.
    • She has been involved in various researches. In the community setting, her research agenda is aimed at dietary and lifestyle behavior changes by translating clinical trials and scientific information to participants in an effort to combat obesity and related chronic diseases.  For example, she implemented a longitudinal community-wide project to combat Obesity and related diseases in rural communities in Northern Louisiana funded by Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.


    Resource Mobilization
    Prof. Murimi has been able to acquire approximately $1.2 M in grants money as a principal investigator over the past six years, over 90% of which were funded by federal organizations. She has raised funds for over 20 grants.


    Leadership roles

    • Her leadership roles at the society started at the division level and progressed to the highest position of leadership in the society. For example, she has served as Chair of the Division of International Nutrition (2005-2007), a division of Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB).
    • She has also co-chaired the SNEB nominating committee (2007-2008); and participated as a member of annual conference planning for two years (2007-2009).
    • She has been a member of the Board of directors for the Society for Nutrition Education for the last 5 years from 2011 to current and now assuming full presidency in 2016.   
    • She was appointed by the USDA National Officer to be the Panel Manager for the childhood prevention program 2013-2014.
    • She registered as a reviewer for NIH and USDA grants.  
    • At the University level, she is currently serving at the Texas Tech University Graduation, Convocation and Commencement events.
    • She served in the faculty awards in the college of Human Sciences 2014-2015.
    • Currently she is serving at the tenure and faculty merit awards for the department of Nutritional Sciences.


    Daystar Company Limited


    1. Dr. Macmillan Kiiru - Chairman
    2. Mr. Kiragu Wachira – Company Secretary
    3. Dr. Regina Mwatha – Board Member
    4. Mr. Peter Wachira – Board Member
    5. Ms. Hephzibah Beulah - Member
    6. Bishop Joseph Kanuku -Member
    7. Bishop Zablon Nthamburi - Member
    8. Rev. Simeon Havyarimana – Member
    9. Mr. Kamau Ng'ang'a - Board Member
    10. Dr. Lilian Wambua - Board Member
    11. Rev. Daniel Bitrus - Member
    12. Mrs. Rose Ngaara Muraya - Member
    13. Mr. Ken Obimbo - Member
    14. Prof. George Kinoti - Member
    15. Lay Canon Dr. Mary Okello – Board Member
    16. Rev. Dr. Matthews Mwalwa – Board Member
    17. Dr. Stanley Mukolwe – Member
    18. Rev. Aiah Foday Khabenje
    19. Prof. Henry Thairu – (Ex-Officio Member)
    20. Prof. James Kombo - Ag. Vice Chancellor (Ex-Officio Member)


    1. Dr. Donald and Faye Smith   - Founders
    2. Dr. James Mageria                 - First Company Chairman
    3. Dr. James Kamunge              - First Council Chairman/First Chancellor
    4. Dr. Florence Muli-Musiime      - Second Council Chairperson, Second Chancellor
    5. Prof. Stephen Talitwala          - First Vice Chancellor
    6. Prof. Godfrey Nguru               - Second Vice Chancellor


    University Council

    The University Council is the chief policy-making organ of the institution and is comprised of Christian leaders and professionals from different backgrounds. Its members are:

    Prof. Henry Thairu

    • Former Chaiman of the Independent Taskforce Daystar University.
    • Director of Kenyatta University Consultancy and Chairman the Governing council of Mater Hospital.
    • Chairman of Daystar University Council
    • PhD - Physical Chemistry, Technical University of Trondheim (Norway).

    Desmond Mtula

    • Managing Director, Church Commissioners of Kenya
    • Member of the previous Daystar University Council as Chair of the Finance Committe

    Mrs. Nyambura Musyimi

    • Chairlady of the Board of Directors of Kenya Women Micro Finance Bank
    • Member of Daystar University Council
    • Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) from Copenhagen Business School and a Law Degree (LLB, Honors) from University of Nairobi.

    Hon Dr. Erastus Mureithi

    • Group Executive Chairman Suera Group of Companies
    • Member of Daystar University Council
    • Doctorate Degree in Christian Counselling and MA in Agricultural Economics
    • Previously served on the Independent Taskforce

    Mrs. Lillian Ogola

    • Financiall Analyst / Consultant
    • Previously a member of the Independent Taskforce (Governance & Legal Committee)

    • Bsc Business Administration (USIU-Africa)

    CPA Donald Odera

    • Partner International Liaison
    • Head advisory services - Horwath Erastus Company
    • Member of previous University Council as chair of Risk and Audit Committee


    Management Board

    The day-to-day operations of the university are overseen by a Management Board which is composed of the following members:

    1. Rev. Prof. James Kombo - Ag. Vice Chancellor - Chairman

    2. Mr. Jomo Gatundu - Deputy Vice Chancellor, Finance, Planning & Administration (FA) - Secretary

    3. Prof. Bernard Boyo - Ag. Deputy Vice - Chancellor, Academic Affairs

    4. Prof. Levi Obonyo - Dean, School of Communication Language and Performing Arts

    5. Dr. Kennedy Ongaro - Dean, School of Human & Social Sciences

    6. Dr. Martha Kiarie - Dean, School of Science, Engineering & Health

    7. Dr. Evans Amata - Dean, School of Business & Economics

    8. Rev. Mutinda Musyimi - Dean of Students

    9. Prof. Michael Bowen - Director, Centre for Research, Publications, Consultancy & Postgraduate Bureau

    10. Dr. Sylvia Tuikong - Director, Center of Quality Assurance & Excellence in Teaching & Learning

    11. Dr. Paul Mbutu - University Registrar

    12. Prof. Abraham Waithima - Director, DLPDI

    13. Mrs. Rosemary Gitachu - University Librarian

    14. Mrs. Phyllis  Mutua - Chief Manager, Finance

    15. Mr. Pius Muia - Chief Manager, Human Resource

    16. Mrs. Damaris Kimilu - Corporate Affairs Manager

    17. Mr. Joshua Musyimi - University Services Manager

    18. Mr. Solomon Mburu - ICT Manager.

    19. Rev. Steve Nduto - University Chaplain.

    20. Dr. Scholastica Githinji -Dean School of Arts and Humanities.


    In Attendance:

    1. Ms. Lydia Mumbi Warui - Planning Officer & Personal Assistant to DVC, Finance & Administration

    2. Mrs. Mary Njeri Mukunga - Ag. Executive PA to VC


    Daystar University Senate Members

    The Senate members are:

    1. Rev. Prof. James Kombo - Ag. Vice Chancellor - Chairman

    2. Prof. Michael Bowen - Ag. Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Finance & Administration (FA)

    3. Prof. Bernard Boyo - Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs and - Secretary

    4. Dr. Kennedy Ongaro - Dean, School of Human and Social Sciences

    5. Dr. Martha Kiarie - Dean, School of Science, Engineering & Health

    6. Prof. Levi Obonyo - Dean, School of Communication

    7. Dr. Evans Amata - Dean  School of Business & Economics

    8. Rev. Mutinda Musyimi - Dean of Students

    9. Mrs. Damaris Kimilu -Corporate Affairs Manager

    10. Rev. Steve Nduto - University Chaplain

    11. Mrs. Rosemary Gitachu - University Librarian

    12. Dr. Paul Mbutu - University Registrar

    13. Dr. Sylvia Tuikong - Director, Center of Quality Assurance & Excellence in Teaching & Learning

    14. Dr. Solomon Nzyuko -Director, DLPDI

    15. Dr. Leah Komen - Ag. Director, Centre for Research, Publications, Consultancy & Postgraduate Bureau

    16. Dr. Susan Muriungi - HOD, Psychology, Counseling & Child Development

    17. Dr. Josephine Munyao - HOD, Theology and Pastoral Studies

    18. Dr. Wambui Wamunyu - HOD Media & Film Studies (MFS)

    19. Dr. Wandia Njoya - HOD, Language & Performing Arts

    20. Rev. Patrick Musembi - HOD, Peace & International Studies

    21. Dr. Laban Chesang - HOD, Economics

    22. Dr. Samuel Muriithi - HOD Commerce

    23. Dr. Philemon Yugi - HOD, Development Studies

    24. Mr. Fredrick Ogore - HOD, Computer Science

    25. Mrs. Susan Njuguna- HOD, Nursing

    26. Dr. Geofrey Kinuthia - HOD, Science, Engineering and Health

    27. Dr. Scholastica Githinji - Dean School of Arts and Humanities / HOD Education

    28. Dr. Jesca Kinya Mwithia - HOD, Strategic & Organisational Communication (STOC).

    29. Ms. Irene Kimani - Associate Dean of Students.

    30. Mr. Richard Maswili - Chair, Senior Staff Association of Daystar University

    31. Chair DUSA - Nairobi Campus

    32. Chair DUSA - Athi-River Campus


    In Attendance:

    1. Mr. Joab Namai - Personal Assistant to DVC Academic Affairs & Coordinator for Collaborative Academic Programs.