Dr. Dalton Elijah Ssegawa is the new Chairperson of Nkumba University Council. He takes over from Dr. David Byatike Matovu who served as Chairperson of Council for nine years.
The inauguration of the new Council followed the dissolution of the out-going 24-member Council that had served since 2011.
The Chairperson of the University Council is appointed by the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the University. The Chairperson BOT, Mr. Edward Kasolo Kimuli, handed the instruments of power to the new Chairperson of the University Council after taking oath of office.
Dr. Dalton Elijah Ssegawa was sworn in on 6th August 2015 for his 4-year term.
Dr. Ssegawa pledged the required commitment to the responsibilities of his office, and noted that there was “so much to do by the Council, Management and staff of the University”.
The dissolution of the 5th Council and inauguration of the 6th Council was overseen by the University Chancellor, Sir Gordon Wavamuno.
The occasion was also attended by members of the Board of Trustees and the Founders Body of the University, out-going and in-coming members of the University Council, Management and staff as well as the Alumni Executive of the University.
“I most heartily welcome the incoming Council of the University,” said Sir Gordon Wavamuno. “I look forward to your dedicated effort to lift Nkumba University to greater heights.”
The Chancellor urged the new Council to work as a team in order to effectively face the challenges ahead. He pledged his full support to the new Council.
Dr Matovu who served as Chairperson of Council for nine years and steered the efforts towards the acquisition of the University Charter noted that during the tenure of the 5th University Council a number of notable achievements were made, including staff recruitment and development as well as infrastructural expansion of the University with the most recent being the acquisition of premises for the Kampala Campus. During the tenure of the 5th Council, the University established the TV and Radio Studios for the Journalism programme, a Nurse training facility as well as a Science Laboratory in the School of Sciences.
In his handover report, Dr. Matovu noted that efforts were ongoing towards completion of the 7-storey University Library with the support of the Government of Uganda.
He said that the University remained committed to observing the requirements and guidelines of the National Council for Higher Education and the Inter-University Council for East Africa to ensure that the academic programmes were comparable nationally, regionally and internationally.
Dr Matovu called for the improvement of the University Human Resource Manual where necessary, and thanked the various organs of the University as well as the University staff for all their efforts towards the continued running and development of the University. Dr. Matovu was deputized by Dr. Ham- Mukasa Mulira during the tenure of the 5th University Council.