Vice Chancellor Bio

A well-established healthcare leader, Assoc. Prof. Rose Clarke Nanyonga,was appointed as Clarke International University’s (CIU) Vice Chancellor July 3 rd 2017. From August 3 rd 2015 to June 30th 2017, she served as both the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Acting Vice Chancellor. She also holds a Senior Faculty position at CIU, teaching Health Policy and Planning as well as Advanced Strategic Management (Graduate Level).
Assoc. Prof. Nanyonga received her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Arkansas Tech University (2002), where she was an all-American Scholar, Class Valedictorian, Student nurse of the Year and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Baylor University (2005). She then went on to earn her Ph.D. in Nursing from Yale University, where she was a Jonas Scholar, and a Graduate Certificate of Concentration in Global Health from the Whitney and Betty McMillan Center for International Studies at Yale University in 2015.
In June 2005, Assoc. Prof. Nanyonga was recruited as the Director of Nursing Services for International Medical Group (IMG), a leading and largest private health system in Uganda. She was instrumental in helping Dr. Clarke to establish the International Hospital Kampala School of Nursing which formed the first faculty in CIU when the university was granted licensure in March, 2008.
In 2006, she was quickly promoted to the position of Director of Clinical Services and Senior Manager for International Medical Group managing clinical operations for International Hospital Kampala and all associated primary healthcare service centers (clinics) within IMG while maintaining an active role in teaching, public speaking and advocacy.
In 2009, Assoc. Prof. Nanyonga pioneered a grassroots campaign to end child sacrifice and crimes associated with ritualistic child sacrifice in Uganda. She has continued to be an avid advocate for change in this area and continues to lobby for appropriate dialog and laws to address practices and crimes related to child sacrifice.
Assoc. Prof. Nanyonga has been recognized by numerous honors including: Yale School of Nursing Distinguished Alumnae/I Award Winner (2018); Women Leaders in Global Health—leadership Fellown(Stanford University, 2017); Jonas Scholar for Nursing Excellence (Yale University); Recipient of then2011-2012 UNAA Outstanding Achievement Award for upcoming Ugandans who are making a difference in recognition of her work as an Anti-Child Sacrifice Advocate and Ambassador for the Poor; and National Collegiate Nursing Award Winner (Arkansas Tech University).
Assoc. Prof. Nanyonga is interested in research that explores issues related to: Health Systems Strengthening in low-to-middle income countries; Global Health; Implementation Science Research; Management of Chronic Illnesses; Community Health, and Health care and Higher Education Leadership & Policy. Her PhD work looked at: Leadership, Followership and the Context; an Integrative Examination of Nursing Leadership in Uganda.
Assoc. Prof. Nanyonga holds several public speaking engagements as an inspirational and motivational speaker. She is particularly interested in dialog on transformational leadership, growing leadership capacity for future generations of healthcare providers, how current professionals can retool themselves to match the competitive and cutting-edge work culture of the 21 st century, and fostering leadership to transform rhetoric into action. Her leadership training series: Dream, Inspire, Enable have been instrumental in enhancing leadership skills for Senior Nursing Officers in the country. She believes that nurses are great leaders and as such, should be able to dream, inspire and enable others to achieve better results.
Assoc. Prof. Nanyonga is a Rotarian and serves on several not-for profit, corporate, and advisory boards including Clarke Group; Narrow Road International Aid; Connect Girls Uganda; The Nursing Now Campaign, Uganda Steering Committee; REMI East Africa; Public Health Ambassadors, Uganda and The Sinza Project among a few.

Vice Chancellor at a glance

Alma maters:

  • Bachelors Nursing Arkansas Tech University (2002)
  • Masters Nursing Baylor University (2005)
  • Ph.D. Nursing Yale University


  • 2020 Hall of Distinction: Arkansas Tech University’s Highest Honor
  • 2018 Distinguished Alumnae/I Award (Yale School of Nursing)
  • Women Leaders in Global Health—leadership Fellow (Stanford University)
  • Jonas Scholar for Nursing Excellence (Yale University)
  • 2011-2012 UNAA Outstanding Achievement Award

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