The Makerere University Council has voted overwhelmingly in favor of Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe as the best candidate for the Vice Chancellor’s job.
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe polled 16 votes followed by Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba in second position with four votes while Prof. Edward Kirumira came third with two votes in the university council, which convened in the Senate building under its chair, Dr. Eng. Charles Wana-Etyem.
Speaking to the Media, Dr. Etyem said they will forward the names of Prof. Nawangwe and Prof. Baryamureeba to the chancellor, Dr. Ezra Suruma to make his pick for the post of Vice Chancellor.
Professor Banabas Nawangwe looks set to become Makerere University vice chancellor after the search committee recommended him as the best of the three candidates that had been shortlisted for the position.
A report of the Vice Chancellor Search Committee 2017 submitted to the University Senate today indicates that Nawangwe obtained 77% overall score, followed by Professor Edward Kirumira with 70% and Prof Venancius Baryamureeba with 64%.
Nawangwe has been serving as the deputy vice chancellor in charge of finance and administration while Kirumira is the Principal of the university’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Prof Baryamureeba served briefly as vice chancellor before leaving to found Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU).
Prof Nawangwe performed well in face-to-face interviews, scoring 79.1% against Kirumira’s 69.8% and Baryamureeba’s 57.6%. In public presentations and joint debate, Nawangwe got 73.4% followed by Kirumira with 72.5% and Baryamureeba with 72.2%.
The Search Committee also assessed the candidates’ application documents where Prof Nawangwe emerged the best with 76.4% followed by Prof Baryamureeba with 67.8% and Prof Kirumira with 67.5%.
Ritah Namisango, the University publicist simply says in a statement that the Senate received, considered and endorsed the overall recommendations from the Search Committee.