CHANGE OF GUARD-There is evidence of growth at The Co-operative University of Kenya (CUK). The dynamics are experienced, not only in student numbers, or diversity of academic programmes but also in the leadership at various levels. The School of Business and Economics (SBE) has grown in the few years of CUK’s existence as a university. In 2019, the then chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance moved to start the Institute of Open, Distant and eLearning (I-ODEL) after a successful tenure in the School of Business and Economics, being replaced by Mr Kenneth Mwangi Muriuki. The latest change in the School involves a change of command, where Dr Kennedy Kirima hands over to Dr Monica Nderitu. Dr Kirima, the outgoing Dean has seen the School grow from its days as the Faculty of Commerce to its current stature with the Department of Entrepreneurship and Economics (DEE) and the Department of Accounting and Finance (DAF). During Kirima’s tenure as the Dean, the student population grew from about 750 students to the current 3,801. At the time of his appointment as Dean in 2014, the then Faculty of Commerce had just a single degree programme and 11 Diploma programmes. The School has increased this to 1 Doctoral, 1 Master’s, 11 Bachelor’s, 16 Diploma and 2 Certificate programmes. Dr Kirima exits the School having seen tremendous growth, including the establishment of an Income Generating Unit (IGU), The Smart Farm, that was aimed at not only teaching theory in class but also applying those theories in a working venture. Dr Kirima leaves the School to join The Co-operative University Resource Mobilization Unit (CUREMU) as the Director.
The incoming Dean Dr Monica Nderitu is the initiating Co-ordinator of The Co-operative University Resource Mobilization Unit (CUREMU), and past Director of the Nairobi CBD Campus.
She brings to the SBE a wealth of experience in management and resource mobilization that should go a long way in pushing the School to the next level. During the handing over ceremony presided over by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, the incoming Dean, noting that Dr Kirima’s shoes were too large to fit into, promised to continue with the good work that Dr Kirima had started. “I am particularly keen on continuing with the good work that you started with the SBE team. and what you documented in the SBE Strategic Plan. You leave behind a cohesive team. My promise is to continue with your good work.” Promising to continue putting the needs of the customer first while ensuring that she builds a working team, she added, “To our students, parents and stakeholders, I assure you of our commitment to putting our students’ interests first as we deliver quality education. This remains top on our agenda in the school.”
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof Emily Akuno on her part lauded the incoming and outgoing Deans for their exemplary service. She pointed out that she was impressed with the work that the outgoing Dean Dr Kirima had done and more so the growth in the student population and the number of programmes developed.
“This School under the leadership of Dr Kirima was the first to have a School of Business Career day and had the guest speaker as Dr James Mwangi, CEO Equity Bank Kenya. I have full confidence that the incoming Dean Dr Monica Nderitu will not only continue with the good work but also endeavour to take the School to the next level of being a College” She further encouraged the two dons to strive to work with colleagues, collect ideas and engage the staff in ways that will ensure that their units thrive.
We wish both Dr Nderitu and Dr Kirima all the best as they venture into their next duties and responsibilities.