Roles and Responsibilities

The Board of Trustees shall have and exercise the following functions:-

  1. Appoint members of the University Council;
  2. Raise funds for the benefit of the university;
  3. Promote the objects of the university;
  4. Appoint the university Chancellor;
  5. Receive the audit of the university;
  6. Investigate complaints arising from the operations of the university that would affect the sustainability or integrity of the university; and
  7. Approve investment of funds.

Mr.Desai Dr. Kevit Desai
Board of Trustees Chair

Kevit Desai, Ph.D
Managing Director, Centurion Systems Ltd.,<br< Mr. Kevit Desai has a Ph. D in Robotics (Systems Engineering), Tokyo, Japan, an Undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering and Factory Automation Equipment Research and Development, Toyota, Toyohashi, Japan.

Dr. Desai is the owner and managing director of Centurion Systems Ltd., a member of IEEE Kenya, and holds a Ph.D. in Robotics Systems Engineering from Shibaura Institute of Technology in Japan. He serves as Governor of Kenya Private Sector Alliance and is a former Commissioner of the Commission of Higher Education. As a Task Force Member of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Desai was responsible for the development of the University Act; Science, Technology and Innovation Act; and Technical, Vocational Education and training (TIVET) Act of Parliament.

He is professionally affiliated to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Kenya Section, Kenya ICT Federation (KIF) and the Kenya Science, Technology and Innovation Steering Committee.

Aside from his past service as a trustee at USIU-Africa, he is also a Pan African University Trustee, AIESEC, Standing Committee on Investment of Renewable Energy (MOE), Asian Foundation, Task Force on Alignment of Higher Education with the Constitution, TAHEST, Task Force for Research and Development, National Council for Science & Technology Council, University of Nairobi, South Eastern University and National Higher Education Reform Task (Ministry of Education).

Dr. Desai has chaired and directed various organizations such as Linkage of Industry with Academia (LIWA), Kenya Markets Authority Trust, Regional Mega Projects Coordination Council, RMPCC, IEEE East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Kenya ICT Federation (KIF), General Co-chair Africon 2009, Mahatma Gandhi Academy Society, KEPSA, Kenya ICT Board, Engineering Students Exhibition and the University Grants Committee.

He has taken part in social welfare initiatives such as rehabilitation and maintenance for national and city traffic lights systems, donation of computers to non-profit schools, as well as other nationwide communal ICT initiatives.

Dr.Wayne Prof. Wayne Frederick
Board of Trustees Treasurer

Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, FACS
President of Howard University
Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, FACS was elected 17th President of Howard University in July 2014. Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university comprised of 13 schools and colleges.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree, a Doctor of Medicine, and completed his surgical residency training at Howard University Hospital. After fulfilling his post-doctoral research and surgical oncology fellowships at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Frederick began his academic career as associate director of the Cancer Center at University of Connecticut, where he also served on the Department of Surgery faculty.

Dr. Frederick has served as interim president, provost and chief academic officer, associate dean in the College of Medicine, division chief in the Department of Surgery, director of the Cancer Center, and deputy provost for Health Sciences, and he also earned a Master of Business Administration.

As a distinguished researcher and surgeon, Dr. Frederick is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts, and editorials. He has also received numerous awards honoring his outstanding scholarship and service. In June 2014, Congress recognized him for his contributions in addressing health disparities among African Americans and historically underrepresented groups.

Dr. Frederick’s groundbreaking research and examination of the unconscious bias in academic medicine has been presented to scores of national and international audiences. His research findings recommend changes to pedagogy, curriculum reform, and inter-professional instruction. Through his experience as a scholar and an administrator, Dr. Frederick continues to support innovative solutions to further the mission of Howard University and support the success of its students.

EWO Prof. Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran
Board of Trustees Secretary
After leading Kalamazoo College for eleven years, Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran was appointed President Emerita in July, 2016. During her tenure she raised over $129 million to support scholarships, endowed professorships, and the creation of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Under her leadership, Kalamazoo College revised its curriculum, became significantly more diverse and made considerable strides toward becoming an equitable and inclusive campus.

Prior to Kalamazoo College, Dr. Wilson-Oyelaran served as Professor of Education and Vice President and Dean of the College at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She also held teaching and administrative positions at Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina Wesleyan College and Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria).

Her primary areas of scholarly interest are early child development and education in cultural context and she has published extensively in these areas. She served as a consultant for UNICEF (Nigeria) in the area of childcare and development and chaired a community-wide task force that developed a program to ensure that every four year old in Kalamazoo County has access to a high quality pre-kindergarten experience.  Recognized for her expertise in the area of cultural diversity, Dr. Wilson-Oyelaran has worked with faculty in higher education and K-12 to improve educational outcomes for women and students from underrepresented groups.  

She serves on the Advisory Board of the National Museum of African Art, and as trustee of Pomona College and the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.  Dr. Wilson-Oyelaran is past chair of the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) Council of Presidents and the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). Other prior board service includes the Council of Independent Colleges, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, the Bronson Healthcare Group, Southwest Michigan First, and United Way of Battle Creek Kalamazoo Region.

Dr. Wilson-Oyelaran has been accorded recognition for her leadership in higher education and her work on behalf of women and girls. She is a recipient of the 2016 Star Award from the Posse Foundation, 2011 Kalamazoo County YWCA Life Time Achievement Award, 2005 YWCA Forsyth County Woman of Vision Award; the Salvation Army Strong, Smart, Bold Award and the 1999 Gender Equity Architect Award from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher. Other acknowledgements include the Kent and the Ford Foundation national fellowships for graduate study, the Thomas J. Watson Traveling Fellowship, and the Black Studies Center Visionary Leadership Award presented by the Claremont Colleges Intercollegiate Office of Black Studies. 

She obtained a B.A. in Sociology from Pomona College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Education from the Claremont Graduate University. 
Mrs.Wallace Ms. Carol Wallace

President & CEO, Carol Wallace & Associates, Inc.

Carol Wallace is currently the president and & CEO of Carol Wallace & Associates, Inc. Carol Wallace & Associates provides a comprehensive array of facility management, organizational development, and operational consulting services to the hospitality industry. Previously, Ms. Wallace was the president and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, where she led the 2.6 million square foot bayside facility for over 24 years. She was responsible for the overall management and operation of the facility, oversaw a full-time and part-time staff of more than 420 and an annual budget that exceeded $33 million. Under her leadership, the San Diego Convention Center became one of the most successful global convention and meeting facilities advancing trade, tourism and collaboration across the U.S. and world.

Ms. Wallace has been a leader in advancing key policy and strategic initiatives for the industry over her 35 year career. She is a currently serving on the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB), a group responsible for advising the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on ways to strengthen the travel and tourism industry and expand economic opportunities for American businesses, including domestic job creation and visa waiver initiatives. Ms. Wallace recently completed service as the North American representative on the AIPC International Association of Congress Centres board of directors, advancing the work of convention and meeting facilities internationally. In September, Ms. Wallace joined the board of directors of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) the definitive authority in education, business networking and community engagement for leaders in the global meetings, convention and business events industry.

Her other previous professional affiliations include the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the International Convention Center Association (ICCA). From 2011-2012, she served on the board of trustees for the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Education Foundation and is a past board member of the International Association of Exhibition Management (IAEM).

Ms. Wallace’s leadership and dedication have earned her numerous industry and community accolades. In 2015, the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) presented her with their Lifetime Achievement Award presented to an individual recognized by their peers for outstanding contributions to both IAVM and the convention center industry. In 2014, Ms. Wallace was named Professional Achievement Supplier Honoree by the Professional Convention Management Association.

Ms. Wallace is a graduate of The Ohio State University, is married and the mother of three adult children.

Mrs.Wallace Ms. Carole Kariuki