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.

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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.

18 comments on “The 6th President of Haramaya University appointed

  1. Amare Ayalew on said:

    Dear Prof. Chemeda, Congratulations on your well-deserved appointment. I believe your hard work and dedication, calm and wisdom, as well as your career-long academic experience and love to HU will serve you well to bear this grandiose responsibility and lead HU to higher levels. Very best wishes.



  3. Teshome Kebede on said:

    Congratulation Prof! This is really a great achievement and success for you and for us.

    Keep up keeping on!!

  4. G. Bultosa on said:

    I wish the best and fruitful term for Professor Chemeda`s Presidency of Haramaya University. Focusing and supporting on quality improvement and the tradition of research intensive activities will lead this respected University to the next highest stage. I wish the best for HU

  5. Jebessa Teshome Bayissa on said:

    I wish Prof Chemda a good working time of presidency and say warm welcome!!!!!

  6. Sileshi Gudeta on said:

    Dear Prof Chemeda,
    Please accept my congratulations for the great work you have been doing and your appointment as president. I sincerely wish you and HU all the best.

  7. Dr. E V D Sastry on said:

    Congratulations and we hope that the University will reach higher levels of excellence in education and research in Ethiopia

  8. Julia Devardhi on said:

    Congratulations Sir on your tremendous achievement. I sincerely hope that Haramaya University would rise to its zenith.

  9. Anonymous on said:

    Congratulations Prof. Chemeda on becoming president of HU! Wish you a happy working years! Expect a leapfrogging change at HU. Togather, we can!

  10. Abdi Kenesa on said:

    Prof.your achievement is amazing!!

  11. Tesfaye Guta on said:

    Good Job; I wish you successful time and hope to see change in HU!

  12. Birendra Kumar on said:

    Dear Professor Chemeda
    Huge applauds for taking over as President of esteemed University where I also had privilege to serve(2000-20002) as Professor of Agril Extension to plan for maiden Masters in Ag extension inEthiopia.
    We expect turn -around in tertiary agricultural education at HU

  13. Congratulations Prof. Chemeda for this historic and big achievement.I wish you a healthy and successful period of presidency.

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