After 21 years of dedicated service to Africa Nazarene University, Professor L.T Marangu is setting her sights on a well-deserved retirement after such a formidable run as the Vice Chancellor of ANU. In her stewardship of an institution in a very competitive, dynamic and highly volatile industry, the University has risen strongly, demonstrated growth and has remained buoyant.
During her tenure at the helm, the university has demonstrated tremendous growth in student enrollment, academic and professional program offerings from 63 students to the current student population of almost 4000 and 3 to 46 programs respectively cutting across several disciplines.
Under her leadership, ANU has developed a strong brand presence and increased its global footprint with ubiquity in access to our education through the eNaz distance learning platform. Above all Prof Marangu has been keen to impart our values of character and the intergrity of heart to all those who walked through the university doors in various capacities. She has been intensely focused strategically, totally committed to maintaining and enhancing our university’s stellar reputation in research, teaching and learning, character formation and community outreach.
Professor Marangu came to this position with a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise in university education and leadership having served as a founding member at the Commission for Higher Education now Commission for University Education; the Chair of Department at Kenyatta University; Chair of the Board of Directors at Jomo Kenyatta Foundation, where her appointment marked the onset of women holding such a parastatal position in Kenya; She was a member of the Task Force that created Egerton University and its Founding Council, this marked the first time a Professor served as a council member of another university and she was also the longest serving Senate representative to Kenyatta University (KU) Council where she served for 11 years after its inception.
Being the first woman full Professor, she represents a key milestone and remains a role model for the women in academics for breaking through the proverbial glass ceiling evidenced by individuals like Prof Olive Mugenda – Previous VC of Kenyatta University, Prof. Margaret Kobia – Chairperson Public Service Commission and several sitting Deputy Vice Chancellors in Kenya today.
Professor Marangu is an exemplary woman recognized globally for her efforts in making a difference and impacting the world. She is an awardee of two head of state commendations, the Silver Star of Kenya a National Award and the Moran of the order of the Burning Spear. She has been awarded the Women Leadership Award by the World Women Leadership Congress & Awards in Mumbai, India, an award conferred to Outstanding Women Professionals who have the vision, flair, acumen and professionalism to demonstrate excellent leadership and management skills in an organization, The Global Peace Strengthening Family Award by Global Peace Foundation for her outstanding leadership as an educator in advancing the welfare of the family as the primary social institution. She holds 20 International and National awards for her outstanding leadership qualities. She is also the recipient of the Maggie Sloan Crawford Role model award from Olivet Nazarene University spearheading the creation of many collaborations with International bodies for purposes of development especially on issues related to women and girls.
Academically Prof. Marangu is a Fulbright scholar, a visiting professor to eleven top Universities in USA, a member of 27 international bodies, published 20 international publications and 46 featured articles. She was the first African to receive the distinguished Achievement Citation Award from Iowa State University, an Honorary degree of Doctor of Letters, and the “O” award signifying outstanding Alumni from Olivet Nazarene University. She is also an Honorary Alumni of Kenyatta University where she was also recognized for Professional Exemplary Service and Mentorship in the Advancement of Education.
The ANU Council and Board are grateful to Prof Marangu’s outstanding visionary and wise leadership and have initiated steps to ensure a smooth transition. The University Council has appointed a recruitment committee to spearhead the search process. The University Council continues its unreserved support to Prof Marangu as she completes her tenure of service at ANU up to 31st of October 2017.
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