Africa University Vice Chancellor
Professor Fanuel Tagwira : VICE CHANCELLOR
Professor Tagwira was appointed Vice Chancellor of Africa University (AU) in April 2009, after previously serving in an interim capacity. He joined AU in August 1992 as the first full-time academic member of staff in the new Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) where he started as a senior lecturer before rising to professorial rank.
He has been a part of the team that has made AU the model private higher education institution in Africa. He served in various university committees including the Senate, Research, Graduate Studies, Financial Aid and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). He represented the Senate on the university board of directors from 1995 to 1998. He served as the Dean of the FANR for 5 years.
Professor Tagwira is widely published, including three book chapters and more than 35 scientific articles in refereed regional and international journals.
A significant proportion of Prof Tagwira's research has been in the area of soil productivity for smallholder farmers.
He has worked with Zimbabwe commercial and smallholder farmers for more than 20 years. His greatest passion is in helping to transform the lives of rural farmers in Africa.
Having grown up in rural Zimbabwe, Prof Tagwira identifies with many people who survive on a dollar a day in Africa. As a result of his research activities, Prof Tagwira has received a number of grants from donors like the Rockefeller Foundation and International Foundation for Science.
As a keen environmentalist, Prof Tagwira chaired the Agenda 21 for the City of Mutare, a platform for environmental awareness that brings various stakeholders together. Has was also part of the team that developed the Integrated Environmental Assessment and Reporting (IEAR) manual for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) which is now used by African governments in reporting the national state of the environment.
Prof Tagwira was awarded the AU best researcher prize in 2002 during the AU's 10th Anniversary Celebrations.
Before joining the AU, Prof Tagwira worked for the Ministry of Agriculture in the Government of Zimbabwe for 10 years rising through the ranks to Principal Research Officer and Head of Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition where he led a team of ministry's research scientists and advisory officers.
Together with Prof Mphuru, the then Dean of FANR, Prof Tagwira worked tirelessly in setting up the FANR which has produced quality graduates, a number of whom now hold Masters and PhD degrees from leading institutions in Europe and America.
Prof Tagwira was born in 1957. He holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biology from the National University of Lesotho, an M.Sc in Soil Chemistry from Reading University in England and a PhD in Soil Chemistry and Fertility awarded by the University of Zimbabwe but carried out in conjunction with Michigan State University in U.S.A.
Prof Tagwira is not only a good teacher, an accomplished researcher, community worker and environmentalist but is also a devoted Christian.
Prof Tagwira is married to Margaret and together are blessed with 3 daughters: Tendai, Ruvimbo, Kudzai and a son, Tapiwa.
Prof Tagwira is a Fellow of the Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences; Chair of the Zimbabwe Institute of Public Administration (ZIPAM) board; Board member of the Research Council of Zimbabwe, Tobacco Research Board and the Regional Universities Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (RUFORUM). He is also a Fellow of the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) and board member of the Manicaland Vocational Training Centre.