Prominent Businessman Dr. Patrick Bitature has been appointed the 2nd Chancellor of Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU).
In a statement released on Monday, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, the University's chairperson Board of Directors, announced that Dr. Bitature's appointment for a period of 4 years with effect from 17th September 2021.
Dr. Bitature takes over from His Excellency Hon. Dr. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, the former Vice President of Kenya who served as the Founding Chancellor of UTAMU.
His Excellency Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, was first appointed as Chancellor of UTAMU in June 2013 for a period of 4 years and his contract was renewed for the second and last 4-year term in June 2017.
"UTAMU is grateful to His Excellency Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka for successfully steering the University over the last 8 years into a centre of academic excellence," Prof Baryamureeba said.
"His contribution has been central to the progress and promise of driving UTAMU to national, regional and international stature in the service of higher education. Amidst his busy schedule, he dedicated tremendous time and effort in ensuring that the University is regionally recognized, inclusive and acknowledged as an institution of uncompromising quality that meets the needs of today’s world."
Dr. Patrick Bitature is the founder, chairman and CEO of Simba Group of Companies, an East African conglomerate, with interests in telecoms, energy production, mining, media, real estate, travel, and leisure.
"Dr. Patrick Bitature brings with him immense knowledge and experience in business development, innovation and governance of public and private sector institutions. He is a person that affirms faith in business i.e., professes business. He is indeed a practice professor of business," the statement reads.
Dr. Bitature will preside for the first time as Chancellor of UTAMU at the 6th Graduation Ceremony, which will take place on the 24th of September, 2021 in Kampala.