Prof George Magoha is a towering figure literally and figuratively. Although a medical doctor by training and practice, in fact a top-notch surgeon, his well-known public persona is that of an educational administrator. For, it is in educational management that he made a mark and for which he earns a footnote in history.
Prof Magoha is best remembered for turning around the once lethargic University of Nairobi and making it a great institution again. Financial impropriety, shadowy procurement deals, staff and student indiscipline, falling quality of teaching and learning, had become the order of the day. But it took the mettle, courage and tenacity of Prof Magoha to turn it round. Today, the university consistently ranks among the best on the continent in various ratings by international groups.
More recently, Prof Magoha has been credited for redeeming the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) that was on the verge of being gobbled up by cheating and corruption. Knec, he says, had become a labyrinth of chaos. All quality and security systems had collapsed and the sale of exams and marks turned into a big business.