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Deputy Principal Academics & Student Affairs

Prof. Dr. Fredrick N. Kassilly is a Biodiversity Fellow of the United Nations University, a North-South Dialogue Scholar and a Professor of Conservation Biology.  He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Range Management (1988) and an M.Sc. degree in Animal Science (Ethology), both from the University of Nairobi in Kenya in addition to a Doctorate degree (Dr. Rer. Nat. Techn) in Conservation Biology from the Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (2001) and an M.Sc. degree in Applied Leadership and Management from the Management University of Africa, Nairobi (2015). He also holds Post-Doctorate training certificates  in Biodiversity  Research and  Management  from the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan (2003) and in in Conservation Hunting from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (2008).  He is an alumnus of the National Youth Service Paramilitary Training School (Gilgil), Alliance High School (“A” level), Kibabii High School (“O” level) and Chekulo Primary Schools.


He joined Turkana University College (TUC) in July 2018 as Deputy Principal responsible for Academics and Student affairs.   He possesses 30  years’ experience in teaching, training needs assessment, learner mentorship, curriculum development, teaching staff supervision,  strategic plan and policy development  including  more than 20  years hands-on experience in  senior level academic leadership,  administration and student affairs  management    in university and  tertiary level  training institutions.  He has attended several short courses including but not limited to Financial Management, Quality Management Systems, Technical Writing and Publishing, Counseling, Balanced Score Card , and,  New Trends in Science Teaching which have added to his  leadership and administrative abilities.


Before joining TUC, Prof. Dr. Kassilly served as Assistant Lecturer and Lecturer in the Department of Zoology at Egerton University (10  years) ; as   founding Chairman, Senior Lecturer and Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (7 yeas); as a Visiting Lecturer at the Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management at the University of Natural Resources and Life  Sciences, Vienna (1 year); and as Deputy Principal and Head of Studies at the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute (KWSTI) (10 years).


He is not only widely traveled and attended several local, regional and international conferences/Workshops/Seminars but has also extensively researched and published several papers in reputable international journals in the field of  ethnobiology and human dimensions of nature conservation. He holds membership to several professional associations and is currently a peer reviewer for leading international journals in the field of conservation biology and an external examiner for both undergraduate and post graduate examinations and theses for several universities.