HIGH profile higher education administrator Prof Cecilia Nembou has made history by becoming the first female vice-chancellor of a university in Papua New Guinea.
Prof Nembou had been appointed as the new president and vice-chancellor of Divine Word University in Madang.
She takes over from DWU’s foundation president Fr Jan Czuba whose term has expired after leading the institution from 1996 when it transitioned from the former Divine Word Institute into a university.
Until her appointment, Prof Nembou was the deputy president of DWU and vice president of the university’s Port Moresby campus.
She will still lead DWU from Port Moresby while vice president (academic) Prof Pamela Norman will lead the Madang campus as deputy president.
DWU council chairman, Archbishop Douglas Young, said Prof Nembou was the first lay person to lead DWU.
He said the process of finding a suitable replacement for Fr Czuba began two years ago who had been with DWU for over a decade and worked with him in various capacities.
Prof Nembou said she was humbled by the trust and respect the DWU council accorded her and told the council and staff she would do her best to continue the great work started by Fr Czuba for the good of the country.
Fr Czuba said he has confidence in Prof Nembou to lead DWU into the future.
Archbishop Young said the DWU council had appointed Fr Czuba as Professor of Academic Quality Assurance and Strategic Management in recognition of his work in leading DWU and higher education over the last 20 years.