Malawi’s Zeleza appointed vice chancellor of United States International University-Africa

A Malawian academic, Prof Paul Tiyambe Zeleza has been appointed Vice Chancellor of the United States International University-Africa (USIU-A), with effect from January 1 2016.

Prof Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

Prof Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

According to a statement from the institution’s Board of Trustees, Zeleza’s appointment was made Wednesday  after a rigorous, extensive recruitment process which kicked off a few months

Zeleza, who was also appointed vice president for academic affairs  at Quinnipiac university of Hamden, Connecticut in the United States of America, will replace Professor Freida Brown, who has served the University for the last 21 years.

“Dr Zeleza will work in close alignment with the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and other members of the Management Council, to oversee a broad spectrum of activities including the four academic schools, student affairs, admissions, registration, library, faculty development, information technology, operations and the implementation of the strategic plan,” the statement reads in part.

The University’s Chancellor, Manu Chandaria, said all parties are committed to helping Zeleza to succeed.

Brown said he is pleased that he will be succeeded by a distinguished Malawian academic and manager who has much to offer the University at all levels.

He wished Zeleza “ every success in continuing the development of the United States International University-Africa and its work.”

Fact file

Zeleza joined Loyola Marymount University in 2009 as the dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and as presidential professor of African American studies and history. Before that, he served as head of the Department of African-American Studies and as liberal arts and sciences distinguished professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Malawi and his master’s from the University of London, where he studied African history and international relations. He holds a Ph.D. in economic history from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Zeleza’s academic work has crossed traditional boundaries, ranging from economic and intellectual history to human rights, gender studies and diaspora studies.

He has published more than 300 journal articles, book chapters, reviews, online essays and short stories and authored or edited 26 books, several of which have won international awards including Africa’s most prestigious book prize, the Noma Award, for his books “A Modern Economic History of Africa” (1993) and “Manufacturing African Studies and Crises” (1997). His most recent books include “Barack Obama and African Diasporas: Dialogues and Dissensions” (2009) and “In Search of African Diasporas: Testimonies and Encounters” (2012).

He has presented nearly 250 keynote addresses, papers, and public lectures at leading universities and international conferences in 31 countries and served on the editorial boards of more than two-dozen journals and book series and edited a personal online magazine,  The Zeleza Post.

Zeleza was   recognized by the Carnegie Corporation in a New York Times advertisement for being one of 43 immigrants whose contributions have enhanced America. –

Tiyambe Zeleza novel Smouldering Charcoal is part of the senior secondary school literature curriculum,.

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43 thoughts on “Malawi’s Zeleza appointed vice chancellor of United States International University-Africa”

  1. mwanawakwithu says:

    you indid dezev tt prof.education gives you position you my model not these street proffesors,anali pa skyway then phd ati ku tanzania coming back at he/she is a proffesor without any work done aaaaa,,,,,,,,aw go deeper lyk a man of God

  2. Noel says:

    Congratulation Zeleza

  3. Bristol says:

    Congrats Professor. Al the best in your new position and are proud of you.

  4. James Mvula says:

    Zeleza is from Ntchisi.

  5. ngongoliwa says:

    Comment # 36 Zeleza is not Tumbuka or Ngoni or Chewa/gule. His parents are from Ngongoliwa Village in Thyolo, I have records here. He is Mlhomwe. Other wise his name could have sounded like Kachindamoto or Dingiswayo or Emchakacheni or Nyerenda or Edingeni. But its Zeleza

  6. Me says:

    My prof..,uhave Done alote..ihave been following; ilike the bok smouldering charcoal..congratulation…

  7. Mbachi says:

    comment no 1. professor Zeleza is not atumbuka. His mother comes from Ntcheu and his father from Ntchisi following tradition he is Ngoni! Congratulations prof. we are proud of you.

  8. ngongoliwa says:

    United states International – Africa University is in Africa located in Kenya. It is just a mare private university. Kunyada konseko Zeleza unyadira private university yomweyo. Sky way University is better than US I-A U. So Zeleza is heading something like Blantyre College. Please google before insulting my uncle Mathanyula. Are you insulting my uncle after you have been advised by Ted Kanyongolo to do so. Akhakha inu simumachedwa kuwomba m’manja.Manyazi bwanji. This univeristy is not among the to 100 universities of the world. IT IS UNREGISTERED/UNKNOWN UNIVERSITY. Keep clapping hands on trivia.

  9. mangochi Kabwafu says:

    Hear that professor Mutharika, kikikikiki. Kodi athuwan nde anali university yiti ku America ko abale. Mwinat ti ma corner universities ngati ti ma shop, kikikikiki. Koma zizungu zache zimenezo amamva anthu? Mayo ine.

  10. Mute Gama says:

    USIU-Africa is in Nairobi. Its a private university of international repute drawing students from all continents of the world. The current VC is as old as the university itself. Its Africa’s pride and has a net worth most western university can only envy. Congrats Prof Zeleza and congrats Malawi.

  11. zonse ndi nthawi says:

    Professor a zitero kuno tilinawo akuti Professor Arther Peter Muthalika osatha kulankhula chingerezi ka speech kalikonse amachita kuwalembera iwo mkumakawerenga .Alibe chilichonse mmutu mwawo .Amachita kuchititsa manyazi kuti koma awa ndi a pro kapena ayi kkkkkk

  12. Congratulations are in order

  13. Makwaya wa Mose says:

    Congratulations thats a big honour to Malawi and to you Sir. Thanks to God almighty. Your looks are simple but indeed brainy. I love that.

  14. Wokhudzidwla says:

    Takunyadilani a professor. Tiphunzitseniko kulemba mabuku, ife tikukanika. All the best and keep the Malawi flag up up up!.

  15. Mlauzi says:

    He is a prolific writer and I have always admired his works amongst his peers at Chanco in the late 70s, the likes of Ken Lipenga, James Ngombe, late Anthony Nazombe, Hanson Msiska and so many illustrious sons and daughters of this land Nyasaland.

    Felicitations monsieur le professeur!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. katakwe says:

    Which university is this? I cant locate it even in the top 100 universities?

  17. madson says:

    HE is distinguished and ominent,,, lead by example we are very proud of you,,,, azibambo anzanu akukhalira kuyenda ndi ana kumangoononga ndalama zazi mmalo musamala banja<<<

    CONGRATULATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. johntembo Kuffor says:

    Can he post his CV so we can as well view and critique it. Can it amass 45 minutes as ya the only Professor in Malawi, who at the younger age of 24 he was lecturing at the London School of Economics. Mbwiye Prof. Petala.

  19. Muyande says:

    Congraturations,Zeleza!You are a real “Prof”!

  20. adawaza says:

    Uyu ndiye professor osati nkhutukuve zinazi. Professor of doom. Kodi uprofesawo munawutenga kuti??anakupasa ni ndani?? Kungonamiza amalawi bwanji? Malawians are no longer doom as you think. Upiteso ku ndata university kwako kumeneko ukatenge uprofesa wa chikamwa chopafika. Foetsek.

  21. quav says:

    @ NO 1 Munyane Zeleza ndi wa ku Lizulu alibiletu magazi achitumbuka .Do you think akanakhala mtumbuka akanakhala oyelako chonchi?Atumbuka nga BIIIII KUDA

  22. Chimphamba cha Nedi says:

    I am one of the old schools of thought in Malawi. I took time to read the Smouldering Charcoal. An excellent master piece written in simple English this keeps you captivated and looking for more. Real Academics are satisfied and fulfilled with what they do and what they accomplish. They sweat for their cash and enjoy most of the time the little they get. Here comes an accomplished scholar who makes Malawi proud. The type of calibre this small nation used to have but now so gone into oblivion. Many Congrats, Dr.
    By the way, Lizulu is in Ntcheu and not Dedza as someone observed. The key thing is that he is Malawian, basi! Bwanji kodi? Palinso ndale apa? Kodi munakhala bwanji? Zikhomo Khwambiri!

  23. ndege says:

    The bearer of this name is a purported womanizer. Could he be the one? If yes then he should stop and start living clean because his credentials are our nation’s pride. Takunyadirani.Congratulations. Talulutira.

  24. Lazaro Chakwera Akazi says:

    Zomvetsa chisoni a Malawi. Busy kutenga ma PhD in Economics but still wanting to be employed. So who is going to create employment for the uneducated? I don’t envy you guys. I respect entrepreneurs like Tom Mpinganjira, Mpatsa, Mlombwa etc who do not have PhDs but creating employment for the masses.

  25. Willie Chimseu says:

    onthunu muli kudya choko. Oku nyaland omewa? Congrants

  26. Pete Nyandoro says:

    Incomplete story. You don’t say where the university he is going to head is.

  27. kadamanja says:

    The real Professor Zeleza, sizina zilikuno za Peter, watenga u professor chifukwa cha azimayi and his ass lickers.

  28. kadamanja says:

    What a CV Mr Zeleza, Phd in economic, please come back and lead us out from this poverty. We have some who calls himself a professor but he knows nothing. All the best Mr Zeleza.

  29. Mapiri says:

    Professor azitelo, writing books and articles. Osati Mutharika or Chikaonda

  30. Mapiri says:

    Zeleza is from Lizulu, Dedza

    1. Souja says:

      Lizulu,Dedza ‘where is that dude?

  31. Harry says:

    Wow congatulation sir, pliz continue carrying our flag you makes us proud bravoooo:D!

  32. Masina says:

    Congrats to our own Zeleza

  33. Munthu the Citizen says:

    Takuvulirani chipewa Prof, inu ndi big man wamkulu. You are the ideal malawian. So proud of you.

  34. Phiri says:

    Commendable job, all the best prof

  35. munthuson says:

    genuine professor. more than 300 journal articles

  36. drogba says:

    That’s pure brain drain. come home Mr Esteemed Professor. Malawi needs you more than American people. Literacy levels between America and Malawi just so incomparable. Come and give us back what we wasted on you in your foundation

  37. Howard Kachipanda says:

    Uyu nde Professor

  38. vwala uheni says:

    Uv made us proud

  39. peter says:

    bravo professor zeleza u have done Malawi proud may the lord guide u in ur work.

  40. captain says:

    Uyu ndiye professor weni weni osati or ndi journal imodzi yomwe sanalembeko or ka column ka joza ata ayi Ali ine professor.kkkk koma mulupale iwe asa

  41. Munyane says:

    Mwana wantumbuka sopano

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