School of Agricultural Sciences (SAS) gets new Dean
Associate Professor, Patrick Okori has been appointed as the new Dean Makerere University School of Agricultural Sciences (SAS). Dr. Okori officially assumed office and the instruments of power on June 4, 2012 during the handover ceremony that was presided over by the Ag. Principal Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa. Dr. Okori replaces Assoc. Prof Bernard Bashaasha who resigned in November 201I.
At its 479th meeting held on May 15 and 16th 2012, the Makerere University appointments Board appointed Dr. Patrick Okori as the Dean of the School of Agricultural Sciences.
Associate Prof. Patrick Okori – Incoming Dean SAS in his new office
“My tenure as Dean of the School of Agricultural Sciences hence ceases tomorrow May 31st 2012. I have requested to handover to Dr. Okori on Monday June 4th 2012. I thank you for your support and please join me in congratulating Dr.Patrick Okori upon this leadership appointment”. Part of the communication to CAES staff by the outgoing Dean Dr. Bernard Bashaasha read.
Speaking during the handover ceremony Dr. Okori pledged to focus on streamlining the Graduate training and mobilizing resources to address some challenges in the school.
The resignation and resumption of the office by the new dean was received with mixed reactions among staff.
Congratulatory messages jammed the intranet for both the predecessor and his successor.
“Dear Bernard, Thanks for the job well done in the short tenure as my Dean. Of course, if I had the powers I would not have accepted/approved your resignation!! Incidentally, Makerere does not have many visionary and amiable leaders of your type.......Luckily, a fellow Winner is succeeding you and trust me Patrick is an equally upright scientist, we stand to benefit from his result-oriented style of management. Yes, we trained together in the 1st of soft skills and believe me Patrick is the only equal that I would approve to replace, said one, Buyinza.
Dr. Okori (right) speaking to his secretary Robinah Matovu (left)
The congratulatory messages also came with expectations from the new dean, “Dear Patrick, Congratulations. We look forward to great things from your leadership. Kind regards said John. In another mail, S Lwasa wrote “ Prof. Okori, we await your skillful and wise guidance as the School Head and wish you a fruitful term” .
Others described outgoing dean as a diligent servant
who withstood transitional challenges when the University turned collegiate “Thanks Prof. Bashaasha for the time you have served us as Dean. We enjoyed your tenure/reign and will always remember you”.
And, to others, it was historical “Prof. Bashaasha, thanks for the period that you served as Dean (SAS). You go down in the books of history as the first Dean of SAS under the College System. I am sure you learnt a lot about the system and Makerere in general that is worthy sharing formally and informally for the betterment of the Institution. God bless you for the sacrifices you made.”