Board of Directors

Africa University is a self-governing and independent institution awarding its own degrees, diplomas and certificates. The Africa University (AU) Board of directors is the University Council in terms of section 10 of the Africa University Charter, statutory instrument 29 of 1992. The executive authority of the University is vested in the Board of Directors. Africa University’s Board of Directors are responsible for setting policy for the University in administrative, financial, academic, human resources and other matters of the University. Section 6 of the Charter mandates Africa University to be a Pan African university with “staff and students drawn from Africa and other parts of the world”.

Africa University’s Board of Directors is diverse and all-inclusive in its composition and geographical reach. In terms of section 10 of the Charter, the University Board of Directors consists of a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 30 members drawn from Europe, America, Africa and Zimbabwe. A total of 11 members are drawn from Africa while an additional 4 are drawn from Zimbabwe. Stakeholders like students, Senate, Zimbabwean business community, government and the Church are all represented in the Board of Directors. The AU full Board meets twice per year in March and October.


Member
Bishop Marcus Matthews
Board Chairperson

 

America

 

Bishop Matthews' Message
From that moment in 1988, when as a delegate to General Conference, I voted enthusiastically for the creation of Africa University, I have prayed for God’s guidance on this institution in its aspiration to become a world class university for leadership development in Africa.
Through the years, we have seen how Africa University has provided quality education within a Pan-African context and how AU has helped equip future leaders of Africa and nurtured them as they gain knowledge and skills, grow in spiritual maturity, develop sound moral values, ethics and leadership qualities.

Guided by a 22 member Board of Directors which includes persons from across Africa, the United States of America and Europe, the AU Board includes representation from The United Methodist Church, Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe business sector and civil society. The Board meets twice a year in Zimbabwe. Helping the Board in the governance role is the University’s executive team, which is led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Munashe Furusa, and is made of up of a Deputy Vice Chancellor, Associate Vice Chancellor, Deans of colleges, the Bursar, the Librarian and the Registrar.  Also, helping in the governance of AU is an Advisory Development Committee, which supports the work of the Africa University Development Office (AUDO). The office is in Nashville, Tennessee, and is charged with making friends for AU and raising funds for the Africa University operating budget as well as priority capital and endowment projects of the institution.
The future continues to shine bright for Africa University. Through my years of service as a Bishop, District Superintendent, Council Director, President of the GBHEM, I have cherished my personal involvement with Africa University. I have witnessed with you the joys, pains and indeed the beauty of seeing this university grow to what it is now. We have cried together when things were not going well. We have celebrated together when the Lord opened up the floodgates of blessings. In the last 25 years, I have come at least twice every year to smell the Acacia tree, to see new students graduate, to see new buildings opened and to attend board meetings.
I am forever grateful for all the students who have graced this institution; for the staff who have worked tirelessly; and for the members of teaching faculty who have gone beyond their normal duties to make sure that Africa University has remained a top-notch University in the world.
We have asked God to support Africa University and God is answering our prayers.


Bishop Marcus Matthews

Member
Bishop D. K. Yemba
Chancellor

DR Congo

 

 

Member
Professor M. Furusa
Vice Chancellor

Zimbabwe

 

 

Member
Dr. K. Cape
USA

 

 

 

Member
Dr. T. Kemper
USA

 

 

 

Member
Bishop E. K. Nhiwatiwa
Zimbabwe

 

 

 

Member
Rev. Uwe Onnen
Germany

 

 

 

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Bishop Julius Trimble
USA

 

 

 

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Dr. J. Mangudya
Zimbabwe

 

 

 

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Mrs. Lisa Tichenor
USA

 

 

 

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Mr. W. Manungo
Zimbabwe

 

 

 

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Dr. A. Mosley
USA

 

 

 

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Prof. Lahi Luhahi
DR Congo

 

 

 

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Dr. J. Thaarup
Denmark

 

 

 

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Bishop M. Carcano
USA

 

 

 

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Mrs. M. Makadzange
Zimbabwe

 

 

 

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Mr. Charlie Moore
USA

 

 

 

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Rev. Alfiado Zunguza
Mozambique

 

 

 

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Mr R. Fotsin
Cameroon

 

 

 

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Counselor. O. N. Tweh
Liberia

 

 

 

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Prof. P. Machakanja
Zimbabwe

 

 

 

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Mrs. G. Muradzikwa
Zimbabwe

 

 

 

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Mr. Christopher Namilonga
Zambia

 

 

 

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Dr. K. Chijika
DR Congo

 

 

 

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Bishop M. Myombo
DR Congo

 

 

 

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Rev Anastacio Chembeze
Mozambique

 

 

 

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Mr Pius Busera
Kenya