President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Former Cabinet Minister Dr Sally Kosgei as the new chancellor of Taita Taveta University for a period of five years beginning this October.
Dr Sally Kosgei was named Chancellor to the university which is among eight new universities awarded charters at a ceremony held at State House, Nairobi.
The President witnessed the installation of Dr Kosgei and seven other Chancellors of the new universities as part of the ceremony of award of charters.
The Former Aldai Member of Parliament will be tasked with overseeing the growth of the new institution.
The move is seen as an effort to tap brains from the political field to boost standards in Kenya’s public universities that have been criticised for churning graduates that do not meet employers’ needs.
Dr Kosgei, a long serving head of public service, was elected to represent the Aldai Constituency in the National Assembly of Kenya in the 2007 general election.
She was educated at Alliance Girls High School and received her Master’s degree in 1975 and her PhD in 1980, both from Stanford University in the United States.
She became the minister for higher education in the grand coalition government which came about in 2008 after the post election violence, before swapping jobs with the then Agriculture Minister William Ruto in April 2010.