Installation of the 3rd Vice-Chancellor

Vice Chancellor receiving AUA Logo from the Chancellor

The Adventist University of Africa (AUA) recently held the installation ceremony of Dr Vincent Richard Injety, the third Vice-Chancellor of the University on 20th June 2021. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the 10th Graduation Ceremony at the University’s Main Campus in Nairobi, Kenya.

The event was attended by at least 200 people, limiting the number to the COVID-19 regulations of the country. In addition, over 300 guests were in attendance virtually via Zoom and live streaming channels. Congratulatory remarks and prayers flowed on both the physical and virtual platforms for the new Vice-Chancellor.

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The keynote address was delivered by the Chief Guest, Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi, Commission Secretary/CEO of the Commission for University Education in Kenya, while Dr Alexander Bryant, President, North American Division of SDA preached during the Consecration service.

Dr Vincent Injety, a Professor of Management, brings to the University 30 years of experience in higher education which includes ten years of lecturing and twenty years of academic leadership. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Spicer Memorial College; Master of Business Administration from Andrews University; Doctor of Philosophy in Management from the University of Pune; and Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education from the University of South Africa. His teaching, research and publications are in the areas of Strategic Management, Leadership, Finance and General Management. Dr Injety is married to Lynda, who currently serves at AUA as the Quality Assurance Director. Both Dr Injety and Lynda his wife are children of SDA Pastors and have been serving in Africa for the last 22 years. They have two children, Sahana, who lives in Canada and Steven, a student at Andrews University, USA.

Vice Chancellor Prof Vincent Injety Signing the Charge

Dr Ella Simmons, General Vice President of the General Conference and AUA University Council Chair oversaw the installation service together with Dr Blasious Ruguri, President, East-Central Africa Division and AUA Chancellor. Several symbols of authority such as the University Charter, Seal, Logo, Mace, among others were presented to Dr Vincent Injety to publicly affirm his Vice Chancellorship.

Other dignitaries present included but not limited to Elder Ted Wilson, President of the General Conference who gave the dedicatory prayer; Dr Lisa Beardsley-Hardy, Education Director, General Conference of SDA; Elder George Egwakhe, Associate Treasurer, General Conference of SDA; Education Directors of the African Divisions; University Council members, Divisions officers, Presidents and Directors from the various Seventh-day Adventist Church Fields, Unions and fields, former Vice Chancellors of AUA, Vice-Chancellors from sister universities, and other stakeholders.

Dr Simmons, stated that the “University [AUA] was conceived and established for a distinctive purpose. In times such as these, it is ever more important that it remains true to its original purpose while addressing needs that are unique only to these last days. Today we move forward in the confidence of God‘s guidance and benevolence for present and future challenges.” She charged the new Vice-Chancellor to “avail himself as an instrument of righteousness” and to “carry out his responsibilities with diligence” relying completely upon God.

Robing of the Vice Chancellor

Lisa Beardsley-Hardy, PhD, Education Director, General Conference congratulated the new Vice-Chancellor and prayed that may God grant him “a wise and discerning heart, as He did for Solomon in an earlier time. We at the General Conference Department of Education wish for Dr Injety every success.”

Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi commended the University “for its commendable and steady growth . . . in continuing to graduate postgraduate students who would soon reach the 800 mark. . . . Part of that steady growth has to do with good leadership from the Sponsor, administration, faculty, students, and support staff.”

Dr Vincent Injety saluted the sterling work of his predecessors, Prof. Brempong Owusu-Antwi and Dr Delbert Baker who laid a solid foundation. He compared enterprising Owusu-Antwi like Abraham who not knowing where he was going took up the challenge and worked towards the accreditation of the University; and dynamic Baker as Moses who took up gigantic projects focusing on advancement and infrastructural development. Dr Injety then paralleled himself to Joshua who took the mantle from Moses. He committed himself to developing leaders—AUA’s motto; solving societal problems and moral transformation; establishing accredited research journals as an impetus to research and sharing research findings; expanding AUA’s academic programmes and offerings to new territories making postgraduate education accessible and affordable.

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Elder Ted Wilson prayed that “God would lead Dr Injety as He had led His people in the past,” to be of good courage fulfilling the Great Commission as is in Matthew 28:19-20, and “to instil in the hearts of students the magnificent Commission that God has given to us so that like Isaiah they would say ‘Lord, use me’.”

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