Haramaya University New President

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Haramaya University New President

Haramaya University New President

The 6th President of Haramaya University appointed

Professor Chemeda Fininsa Gurmessa becomes the 6th President of Haramaya University.

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ministry of Education appointed Professor Chemeda Fininsa for HU Presidency with a letter issued on the date of October 30, 2015 with a reference number 1/m27/662/08.

Since the former president of HU, Dr Girma Amente’s resignation Professor Chemeda was working as an acting president of the university.

prof chewmeda

Chemeda Fininsa Gurmessa is professor of Plant Pathology in the School of Plant Sciences at Haramaya University since July 2008. He earned BSc in Biology from Asmara University (1985), MPhil in Plant Pathology from the University of Wales, Bangor, the UK (1990), and PhD in Plant Pathology from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden (2002).

He attained various certificates including on Agricultural Research for Development from International Center for Agricultural Research for Development (ICRA), the Netherlands in 1996, Leadership, and Higher Education Management from Kassel University, Germany in 2008.

Professor Chemeda has served for 30 years from Graduate Assistant to Professor academic rank in higher learning institutions 24 years at Haramaya University and the rest six years at Asmara University. At Haramaya University he has served as Acting President from 3 August 2015 to 30 October 2015 and Vice President for Academic Affairs from 19 May 2012 until 30 October 2015. He was Dean of School of Graduate Studies (2003-2009), Head, Department of Plant Sciences (2002), Coordinator, Pulses Improvement Research Program (2002-2007), Coordinator, Sida/SAREC supported projects (2003-2009), and Head, Crop Protection Section ( 1991-1996) at Haramaya University; and Member, National Variety Release Technical Committee (2003-2004).

Professor Chemeda researched on plant disease epidemiology, host-pathogen interaction, disease management and cropping system; and developed five common bean varieties in cooperation with pulse research team.

He lectures on Plant Disease Epidemiology, Plant Bacteriology, and Plant Disease Management postgraduate level. He also has authored and co-authored more than 65 research articles in peer-reviewed, international and local journals and more than 10 as book chapters.

He is Experienced Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, alumnus, International Center for Development Oriented Research in Agriculture and German Academic Exchange; member, Ethiopian Plant Protection Society, Associate-Editor-in-Chief, East African Journal of Sciences (2007 to 2013); member, Advisory Board, Ethiopian Journal of Applied Sciences.

He has guided and supervised nine PhD and 20 M.Sc. students to successful completion. A research grant that Professor Chemeda has developed has benefited 14 PhD students and 25 Female postgraduate students.


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