Daystar University | GOVERNANCE

    • The Chancellor
    • Daystar Company
    • University Council
    • Management Board
    • University Senate

     

     

    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 blest with four children
    • 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

     

     

    Experience

    • 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

    MEMBERS

    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. Mrs. Wairimu Nyoike – Member
    9. Mr. Ken Obimbo – Member
    10. Mrs. Rose Muraya – Member
    11. Rev. Simeon Havyarimana – Member
    12. Mr. Kamau Ng'ang'a - Board Member
    13. Prof. George Kinoti - Member
    14. Dr. Lilian Wambua - Board Member
    15. Mr. Sammy Mwangi - Member
    16. Rev. Daniel Bitrus - Member
    17. Lay Canon Dr. Mary Okello – Board Member
    18. Rev. Dr. Matthews Mwalwa – Board Member
    19. Canon Naomi Waqo – Member
    20. Dr. Stanley Mukolwe – Member
    21. Rev. Aiah Foday Khabenje
    22. Prof. George Krhoda – Board member/Council Chairman
    23. Dr. Timothy Wachira- Vice Chancellor/In attendance

     

    HONORARY MEMBERS

    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. George Krhoda

    • PhD- Geography
    • Managing Director of Research on Environment and Development Planning (REDPLAN) Consultants Ltd.
    • Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya.
    • Chairman of Daystar University Council

    Dr. Timothy Wachira

    • PhD- Public Health
    • Vice Chancellor of Daystar University
    • Secretary of Daystar University Council

    Eng. Erastus Mwongera

    • Consultant- EM Baseline Consultants
    • Director- Hillside Green Growers and Exporters Co. Ltd.
    • Member of Daystar University Council
    • Chairman of Human Resource Committee of Council

    Erastus Kwaka Omolo

    • Managing Partner, Howarth Erastus & Co.
    • Member of Daystar University Council
    • Chairman of Audit, Risk and Governance Committee of Council

    Desmond Mtula

    • Managing Director, Church Commissioners of Kenya
    • Member of Daystar University Council
    • Chairman of Finance Committee of Council

    Bishop Boniface Adoyo

    • Bishop Emeritus- Christ Is The Answer Ministries
    • Member of Daystar University Council
    • Chairman of Spiritual Nurture Committee of Council
    • Member of Human Resource Committee of Council

    Grant Smith

    • Chief Executive Officer, Hand in Hand Group
    • Member of Daystar University Council
    • Chairman of Resource Mobilization Committee of Council

    Dr. Morompi Ole Ronkei

    • PhD- Journalism and Communication
    • Independent Consultant
    • Member of Daystar University Council
    • Member of Spiritual Nurture and Resource Mobilization Committees of Council

    Dr. Racheal Masake

    • Team leader, Vedaman Consultants Limited
    • Member of Daystar University Council
    • Member of Finance Committee of Council

    Dr. Frederick Ringo

    • PhD- Jurisprudence
    • Director General, Fair Competition Commission
    • Member of Daystar University Council

    Pst. Muriithi Wanjau

    • Senior Pastor, Mavuno Church
    • Member of Daystar University Council
    • Member of Spiritual Nurture and Resource Mobilization Committees of Council

    Dr. Victor Madziakapita

    • Member of Daystar University Council
    • PhD- Development Studies
    • Vice President of Africa, Living Water International
    • Member of Daystar University Council
    • Member of Audit, Risk and Governance Committee of Council

    Mulatu Belachew

    • Chairperson- Evangelical Theological College
    • Member of Daystar University Council

    Dr. Frank R. Lloyd

    • PhD-
    • Associate Dean, Executive Education at the SMU Cox School of Business
    • Daystar U.S. Board Chairman

    Ms. Carole Kariuki (See Profile)

    • Chief Executive Officer - Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA)
    • Member of Daystar University Council
    • Member of the Human Resource Committee of Council

    Dr. Wandia Njoya

    • PhD- French
    • Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at Daystar University
    • Senate Representative to Council

    Omeno Suji

    • Chairman of Daystar University Alumni Association
    • Social Development Consultant, Beryl Consult Limited
    • Alumni Association representative to Council

    Mr. Richard Maswili

    • Chairman of Senior Staff Association of Daystar University
    • Lecturer at Daystar University
    • Senior staff representative to Council

    Mr. John Brian Oyaro (Alternate)

    • Student, Daystar University
    • Student Association Representative to Council (Athi River Campus)

    Mr. Johnstone Mutua (Alternate)

    • Student, Daystar University
    • Student Association representative to Council (Nairobi Campus)

    Ex-official Members

    Rev. Prof. James Kombo

    • Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs

    Mr. Jomo Gatundu

    • Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration

    Dr. James Karau

    • Senior Lecturer and Dean- Community Life at Daystar University

     

    Management Board

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

    1. Dr. Timothy Wachira - Vice Chancellor - Chairman

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

    3. Rev. Prof. James Kombo - 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. Prof. Bernard Boyo - Dean, School of Arts & Humanities

    8. Mr. Evans Amata - Dean, School of Business & Economics

    9. Dr. James Karau - Dean of Students

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

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

    12. Dr. Paul Mbutu - University Registrar

    13. Prof. Abraham Waithima - Director, ILPD

    14. Mrs. Rosemary Gitachu - University Librarian

    15. Mrs. Phyllis  Mutua - Chief Manager, Finance

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

    17. Mr. Tony Okuku - Ag. Corporate Affairs & Resource Mobilization Manager

    18. Mr. Joshua Musyimi - University Services Manager

    19. Mr. Solomon Mburu - ICT Manager

     

    In Attendance:

    1. Mrs. Mary V. Ndeti - Personal Assistant to DVC, FAP

    2. Mrs. Christine Naliaka Kalle - Executive PA to VC

     

    Daystar University Senate Members

    The Senate members are:

    1. Dr. Timothy Wachira - Vice Chancellor - Chairperson

    2. Rev. Prof. James Kombo - Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs - Secretary

    3. Mr. Jomo Gatundu - Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Finance & Administration (FA)

    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 Language and Performing Arts

    7. Prof. Bernard Boyo - Dean, School of Arts and Humanities

    8. Mr. Evans Amata - Dean  School of Business & Economics

    9. Dr. Peterson Mwangi - Associate Dean, Student Affairs

    10. Mr. Tony Okuku - Ag. Corporate Affairs & Resource Mobilization Manager

    11. Rev. Steve Nduto - University Chaplain

    12. Mrs. Rosemary Gitachu - University Librarian

    13. Dr. Paul Mbutu - University Registrar

    14. Prof. Mike Kuria - Director, Center of Quality Assurance & Excellence in Teaching & Learning

    15. Prof. Abraham Waithima -Director, ILPD

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

    17. Dr. Lincoln Khasakhala - HOD, Psychology, Counseling & Child Development

    18. Dr. Washington Kamau - HOD, Theology and Pastoral Studies

    19. Dr. Rosemary Nyaole-Kowour - HOD Communication Department

    20. Sr. Prof. A. L. Lando, Ph.D - Assistant HOD Communication Department

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

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

    23. Mrs. Roseline Olumbe - Ag. HOD, Institute for Child Development

    24. Jane Kimathi - HOD, Pre-University

    25. Dr. Laban Chesang - HOD, Economics

    26. Mr. Thomas Koyier - HOD Commerce

    27. Mr. Joseph Munyao - Assistant HOD Commerce

    28. Dr. Solomon Nzyuko - HOD, Development Studies

    29. Mrs. Purity Kiambi - HOD, Education

    30. Mrs. Myra Ohaga- Gitonga - HOD, Computer Science

    31. Mrs. Susan Njuguna- HOD, Nursing

    32. Dr. George Kimathi - HOD, Science, Engineering and Health

    33. Dr. Chip Kingsbury - Coordinator CETL

    34. Dr. James Karau - Dean, Community Life & Secretary SSADU

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

    36. Chair DUSA - Nairobi Campus

    37. Chair DUSA - Athi-River Campus

     

    In Attendance:

    1. Christine Naliaka Kalle - Executive PA to VC

    2. Joab Namai - PA to DVC Academic Affairs