MAKERERE. Makerere University Council sits tomorrow to pick two candidates among Professors Barnabas Nawangwe Edward Kirumira and Venansius Baryamureebe for the premier institution’s new vice-chancellor but its work has been cut short by the search committee.
The university vice-chancellor search committee in its various assessment scores for the three shortlisted candidates for the vice-chancellor job, have picked Prof Nawangwe, who is the deputy vice-chancellor for finance and administration. The University Senate has endorsed the assessment and forwarded it to the University Council.
Prof Nawangwe, a former acting principal of the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology was best rated overall by the assessor, earning a cumulative average of 77 percent. His nearest rival, Prof Edward Kirumira, managed 70 percent, but Prof Venansius Baryamureeba, who is seeking to bounce back in the office he left acrimoniously five years ago, could only manage 64 percent.
The assessors in the search committee found Nawangwe to have beaten his competitors with his candidature profile, in face to face interview, as well as in public presentation.
Nawangwe, the Dean of Faculty of Technology (2002-2009) and Head of the Department of Architecture from its inception in 1989 to 2002, is now in poll position for the top job barring shock turn-around by the University Chancellor, Prof Ezra Suruma.
The University Council will pick two candidates from the three, whose names will be forwarded to Prof. Suruma to pronounce himself on the choice for the position of vice-chancellor.