After its elevation to Constituent college status by the National Council of High Education (NCHE), Mbale campus has installed Dr. Stephen Mung’oma as its first principal.
Mung’oma was appointed Principal by the University Council effective January 1, 2016 and he will hold office until early 2019 when his 3-year contract expires.
Mung’oma, who has been the director of the 13 year-old study centre was installed by the Chancellor and Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, His Grace Stanley Ntagali, at a colourful ceremony that took place at the St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Mbale diocese.
He accepted the responsibility and urged his staff and students to be ‘possibilitarians’ – people who see possibilities in the midst of challenges, obstacles and difficulties.
“A positive thinker is one who sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor, Dr. John Senyonyi, described Mung’oma as knowledgeable and urged the new principal not to be side stepped by challenges.
“Good leadership is when you have the right team, each in their right positions,” the VC argued, adding that he is looking forward to the three years of further fruitful service together.
Mbale University College has grown from a study centre of merely 46 pioneer students in 2003 into a constituent college that educates thousands of students from Eastern Uganda stretching to the western part of Kenya.
The Archbishop, in his address, appealed to the staff, students and stakeholders of UCU to accord Mung’oma the necessary support during his tenure of service.
“I have known my brother Stephen, as experienced, endowed, enterprising, exuberant, astute, God-fearing, endearing and an all-encompassing personality and I trust and believe he is worthy of the office he has ascended to,” Ntagali said.
He further challenged him to ensure excellence, pursue holistic growth in terms of student numbers, quality staff, research, publications, community involvement and spiritual formation and to uphold the vision of the university.
“In this generation where there are many forces working against us, it is important to reflect on the past – where we were and how we got here. But more importantly, it accords us a platform to see and listen to a new vision, purpose and a new sense of direction.”