Kenyan Education Leader Dorcas Adhiambo Oyugi Joins WISER as Inaugural Principal

International Search Fulfills Organization’s Dream as School is Poised to Open in January 2010

Dorcas Oyugi Principal

Originally Posted November 20, 2009


The Board of Directors of the Women’s Institute of Secondary Education and Research (WISER) enthusiastically announces the appointment of Dorcas Admiambo Oyugi to become WISER’s inaugural Principal. The Board selected her after an international search that included candidates from 3 continents—Africa, Europe, and North America.

WISER’s Board Chair and Co-Founder Dr. Sherryl Broverman, who led the search process with Dr. Rose Odihambo, WISER’s Board Vice Chair and Co-Founder and Andy Cunningham, WISER’s Executive Director and Co-Founder, commented on the appointment, “Dorcas Oyugi fulfills WISER’s dream to have a top-notch educator and administrator as our inaugural Principal. She enjoys prominent status as an education leader in Kenya, with her role at the national level in education reform and a demonstrated commitment to international partnerships. She has the ability to be a stellar role model for girls at WISER. We are extremely pleased that she has agreed to be our Principal and look forward to working together to creating new opportunities for girls in Muhuru Bay.”

Principal Oyugi, who holds a Master of Education Administration degree from Kenyatta University and a Bachelor of Psychology Counseling degree from the University of Nairobi, comes to WISER from Utawala Academy in Nairobi where she has served as Principal since 1994. She has been a recipient of the Head of State Commendation for Exemplary Public Service, which is awarded by the President’s Office to 50 Kenyan leaders each year.

She has extensive family ties to the region around Muhuru Bay, giving her invaluable insights into its people and community partnerships like WISER that seek to address education, health, and economic challenges and provide answers to them.

Principal Oyugi is already working with WISER’s Board on a part-time consulting basis until she begins her appointment in January 2010 when the school opens, helping to select the school’s first 5 teachers in early December and 30 students in early January. Reflecting on her new role, she declared, “WISER is a dream come true to the pioneer girls that will be admitted to this great Institute and indeed to women in Muhuru Bay. I’m excited to provide transformational leadership to influence positive change and empower these girls to effectively take up their own leadership roles in society.”