KAMPALA – The Anglican House of Bishops has approved the appointment of Dr Aaron Mushengyezi as the Vice Chancellor of Uganda Christian University (UCU).
Dr Mushengyezi, who is Dean of Makerere University’s School of Languages, Literature and Communication, replaces Dr John Senyonyi who has been UCU Vice Chancellor since 2010.
The Bishops selected Dr Mushengyezi during their meeting in Mityana on February 1 2020.
Dr Mushengyezi becomes the third UCU Vice Chancellor, the first having been Prof Stephen Noll. Previously, UCU had been a theological college led by Bishop Eliphaz Maari who had served as UCU Principal from 1997 to 2000.
Outgoing Church of Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali has since directed Dr Ssenyonyi to hand over to his successor.
Mushengyezi holds a PhD from the University of Connecticut in the USA.He has authored Twentieth Century Literary Theory (2003), co-edited Africa in World Affairs (2004), and contributed articles on literature for children in several journals and books including The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature (2006), Performing Community: Essays on Ugandan Oral Culture (2008), and Performing Change: Identity, Ownership and Tradition in Ugandan Oral Culture (2009).
He has also contributed short stories in several anthologies including Michael’s Eyes: The War against the Ugandan Child (2005) and The Mermaid of Msambweni and Other Stories: An Anthology from Africa (2007). Aaron has won many awards including a Postdoctoral fellowship from the African Humanities Program of the American Council of Learned Societies and an award from the Ford Foundation’s International Fellowships Program.