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Acceptance speech by Prof. John J. Struthers during the installation ceremony as the 2nd chancellor


  • The Chief Guest, the Vice – Chancellor of Makerere University, Uganda – Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe,
  • The MKU Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Professor Simon Nyutu Gicharu,
  • Madam Jane Nyutu, Co-founder of MKU
  • Members of MKU Board of Directors,
  • Chairman of the University Council, Prof. David Serem,
  • Members of the University Council,
  • The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Stanley Waudo,
  • Mount Kenya University staff,
  • Distinguished Invited Guests,
  • Graduands and students,
  • Ladies and gentlemen,

Jambo, Habari

Professor John J Struther, MKU ChancellorProfessor John J Struther, MKU ChancellorFirst and foremost, allow me to disclose that, today the 3rd of August 2018 is a special and historical day in my life. A day so significant to me and my family that I have a section of my family, friends, and colleagues who have accompanied me to Kenya to witness the commencement of my new journey and a new chapter in my life as the Chancellor of this distinguished University, the Mount Kenya University.

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me therefore at this moment to introduce these very significant persons who have accompanied me to this installation and graduation ceremony;

  1. My dear wife, Justina
  2. My son, Timothy
  3. My colleagues and friends from Scotland, headed by The Reverend Dr Lukas Njenga many of whom come originally from Kenya.

Secondly, allow me to also extend greetings from my colleagues at the University of the West of Scotland my home university and in particular from our Vice Chancellor Professor Craig Mahoney who sends his greetings and thank you for the great honor that Mount Kenya University is bestowing on me this day.

I am delighted that all of these individuals have taken time out from their busy schedules to be able to bless me and my family with their presence today.

I know that I am speaking for every one of them when I say that they are all deeply touched by this honor

bestowed on me, one-of-their very own, by Mount Kenya University. Indeed we have no adequate words to describe the joy and appreciation that this appointment has brought to us all.

Ladies and Gentlemen, as the 2nd Chancellor of Mount Kenya University, I therefore take this opportunity to

thank this University (Mount Kenya University) for this very precious event. More specifically, I wish to thank the Board of Directors, headed by its dedicated and insightful Chairman, Prof. Simon Gicharu, for this great honour, and indeed to the Mount Kenya University Council, headed by Prof. David Serem, the Mount Kenya University Senate, headed by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stanley Waudo , and to all those who have been, in one way or another, involved in the decision to appoint me as Mount Kenya University’s 2nd Chancellor.

To the many thousands gathered here today: to the graduands, their parents, guardians and all stakeholders of Mount Kenya University, allow me to take this opportunity to promise my total and unreserved dedication in offering my service to Mount Kenya University in the best way possible. As a Christian, I am a firm believer in the view that whatever we achieve in this world that is good and positive, can only be done so with

the abiding grace of God. To this end, please join with me in offering these few words of prayer to our heavenly Father in grateful thanks for the achievements of this university so far and for further achievements in the days, months and years ahead…. On a personal level I pray too for continued strength and direction in contributing my part, along with the senior officers of the university, in making Mount Kenya University, the best University in Africa….I am also reminded of those timeless words from the Bible in the book of Numbers Chapter 6 Verses 24-26 which I extend to all of you…may “The Lord bless you and keep you and the Lord make his face shine upon you, and the Lord turn his face toward you and give you his peace…”


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