Prof. S.O. Keya - University Chancellor

Prof. S.O. Keya Profile

Prof Keya, born on 22 Sept 1941 at Angi no, Homa Bay county, attended primary and secondary schools in Kenya and graduated with B.Sc. Agric from Makerere University after which he proceeded to Cornell University for M.Sc. and PhD degrees. Currently he is professor of Land Resources Management and Agricultural Technologies at the University of Nairobi and part time Consultant/Chief scientist with Africa Harvest Biotechnology International. In his over fourty years of career development, he rose from the rank of lecturer in the 1970s to Professor in early 1980s and served in three public universities namely Makerere, Moi and Nairobi.

The following rebrief achievements of Prof. Keya:

1975-1988: As chair of Soil Science Department, Dean Faculty of Agriculture and Principal College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi, he was instrumental in the planning, execution and expansion of facilities to cater for the increased number of students from 250 in 1976 to 1,200 in 1987. These ranged from administrative, library, laboratories, hostels, staff houses, farm structures, lecture theatres, equipment, water, power, roads, sports, transport, vehicles and field stations. The development was funded by the Kenya Government, World Bank, Swiss, Netherlands and other donors.

1989-1994: As Vice Chancellor of Moi University, Eldoret, he was the Academic and Administrative Head responsible for the construction and development of the then newly established second university in Kenya. During his tenure the student population increased from 900 in 1988 to 9000 in 1994.He oversaw infrastructural  development that entailed creation of the second medical school, faculties of Agriculture,Fisheries, Law, Education and the Chepkoilel Science campus and Maseno Univesity College. The growth of the university called for construction of buildings especially administrative blocks, staff houses, primary schools, water and sewerage, road infrastructure, farms, large student hostels, Margaret Thatcher Library, Student Centre, to mention a few. The funding was by and large from the Government of Kenya and he was accountable for both capital and recurrent expenditure running to over two billion shillings.

1996-2003: As Executive Secretary of Science Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, he was responsible for 18 international research Centres with an annual budget of $600 million and undertook annual review of their recurrent budgets and resource allocation.

2004-2008: As Director of Research/Deputy Director General of an International Center for rice research located in Côte d’Ivoire he was managing an annual research budget of US $ 15 million. Following turmoil in the host country, he undertook the relocation of the Center to another country; a move that involved the construction of offices, laboratories, research farms and support facilities to international standards.


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