Makerere University Starts Search for New Chancellor

Makerere University has started the search process for a new chancellor who will replace Prof. Mondo Kagonyera whose contract is expiring on 23rd October 2015.


He is not eligible for re-appointment having served two terms as required by law.

The Chancellor is the titular head of the University. He presides over all ceremonial assemblies of the University and in this name, confers degrees and other academic titles and distinctions.

“Prof George Mondo Kagonyera’s second and final four year term as Chancellor of Makerere University will come to an end on 23rd October 2015.Makerere University council, approved the commencement of the search process for the next chancellor of Makerere University,” announced Prof Ogwang Okello the deputy vice chancellor in charge of academics.

Receiving Nominations will strictly end on Wednesday 9th September, 2015 not later than 5:00pm where not more than nominated candidates will be considered.

The five member committee chaired by Government representative to university  council Bruce Kabaaasa is expected to identify the best Nominees who will then be forwarded to the University council for vetting and finally to the President for approval.

Other members on the committee include, Dr. Stephen Maloba the representative of public on university council, John Chris Ninsiima Representative of PWDs on University council, Dr. Euzobia Baine Mugisha the representative of Makerere Administrative Staff to council and Dr. Sarah Ssali representative of Academic staff to university council.

A chancellor is appointed by the President on recommendations of the University Council for a renewable four-year term.

Addressing journalists yesterday at Makerere University council room, Kabaasa said all the candidates will be nominated members of the public, upon Journalists to fully participate in the process.


The university officials say they need a Ugandan between 55 to 75 years of age, with at least a bachelor’s degree from any recognized institution of learning, with high integrity and public relations as well as he or she must be a citizen of Uganda.

Kabaasa said serving chancellors and vice chancellors of all universities are not eligible, and any registered student whether on PHD won’t be nominated.

Kagonyera was the seventh Chancellor in the history of the university and the second non-Head-of-State Chancellor of Makerere University, the first being Rt. Hon. Prof. Apolo Robin Nsibambi, a distinguished alumnus of Makerere University and former Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda.