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The Chairman of the Board and University Council Dr. Filimao Chambo announced the election of Africa Nazarene University’s incoming Vice Chancellor – Dr. Stanley Makhosi Bhebhe. The election follows the conclusion of Professor Leah T. Marangu’s 21 years of dedicated service as ANU’s Vice-Chancellor. Dr. Bhebhe remains Vice Chancellor – elect until he officially assumes office on the 1st of November this year after Prof. Marangu’s end of tenure.

Dr. Bhebhe’s election is the culmination of an extensive search that began last August by ANU’s Board and Vice Chancellor Committee.

Dr. Bhebhe comes to ANU with a wealth of executive experience in government, non-profit, and the education sector. Dr. Bhebhe is the Chief Executive Officer for Independent Development Trust, South Africa. Previously , he has served as; Chief Executive Officer World Vision- South Africa, Program Director and Senior Lecturer  at the School of Community Development and Adult Learning at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban – South Africa, External examiner for the Community Development Program in both the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town, Lecturer in Religion, Ethics and Culture Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg – South Africa, and as Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Professor of Contextual Theology at Nazarene Theological College in Muldersdrift, South Africa.

Dr. Bhebhe’s holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Religion and Society (with a focus on Cultural Anthropology) from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, USA; a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) with majors in Anthropology of Religion and Social Ethics from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, USA; a Master of Arts (M. A.) in African Religions with a minor in the History of Christianity in Africa from the University of Zimbabwe in Harare, Zimbabwe; a Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.)  from the Reformed Theological College of Australia and New Zealand in Geelong, Victoria, Australia; a Licentiate in Theology (B.A. Theology equivalent) from the Evangelical Seminary of Southern Africa in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa; and a Diploma in Mass Communication from the Christian College of Southern Africa in Harare, Zimbabwe. He has also completed other Postgraduate studies, several Certificate and professional development courses in Management, Change Management, Labor Relations, Leadership, Project Management, Urban Infrastructure Design and Management and Corporate Governance.

Dr. Bhebhe is a long-time active leader in the Church of the Nazarene, including the local church, district, and Africa Region. He also served as a lay member of the 2006 – 2009 Church of the Nazarene General Board.

Dr. Chambo and Vice Chancellor’s search committee are delighted that Dr. Bhebhe has accepted the position and are looking forward to working alongside him and his wife Busi. Having served in ANU’s Council previously, they are confident that he will provide outstanding leadership to Africa Nazarene University. The Chairman referred to Dr. Bhebhe as highly enthusiastic and committed to the ministry of Christian Higher Education in the Church of the Nazarene and his willingness to serve the Church in the Educational arm for many years.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Bhebhe emphasized his intention to serve the institution to the best of his ability, dependent on God’s grace, with prayers and guidance from the Church. He said, “Busi and I are humbled to be called upon by the Church to make our small contribution to the advancement of our Church’s commitment to making Christ-like disciples in Africa by assuming the leadership of this historic University. We accept the assignment with both excitement and fear but with great belief in God’s provision and anointing for this very special assignment”.

Dr. Daniel Copp, Education Commissioner for the Church of the Nazarene International Board of Education, congratulated ANU on the election of its Vice Chancellor. He noted that the ANU community has been blessed by yet another transformational leader following Professor Marangu’s transformational era. He was confident that Dr. Bhebhe a highly regarded leader will continue to advance the great mission of Africa Nazarene University.

Professor Marangu commended Dr. Bhebhe for being appointed ANU’s Vice Chancellor. She said, “ I take this opportunity to thank God for guiding this process that has given us a God fearing Servant Leader who I believe will  carry the vision and mission of ANU to develop God led individuals of Character and integrity  who will build His Kingdom in Africa and beyond.

 

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