2008 Distinguished International Alumni Award Recipient — Asenath Sigot
The University of Central Missouri Alumni Association presented the 2008 Distinguished International Alumni Award to Asenath J. Sigot, a successful university professor and administrator from Kenya.
Professor Sigot is the definition of a global citizen and proof that education and service know no boundaries. She has dedicated her life to research, education and service to others in her home country of Kenya and abroad.
Sigot graduated from UCM in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in general home economics education and foods and nutrition, followed by a master’s degree in home economics education in 1979. The same year she earned her graduate degree, she returned to Kenya to teach at an all-girls high school with more than 600 students. In 1982, she joined Kenyatta University in Nairobi as a tutorial fellow. While she was there, she began doctoral study in educational administration, and completed her degree in 1988.
She has since worked at two other public universities in Kenya, leaving behind a legacy of excellence in curriculum development, innovation and human resource management. In 1991, she joined the newly formed Maseno University College, near Lake Victoria, where she served as chair of the Department of Home Science and Technology and later became director as the School of Family, Consumer Sciences and Technology. She left Maseno in 2001 to become deputy principal of academic affairs at Western University College of Science and Technology in Kakamega, Kenya, now Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. Sigot became deputy vice chancellor of academic affairs in 2007, one of a small number of women in her country to hold such a high-level academic post.
Sigot has also created many international educational programs. Partnering with the Department of International Development in the United Kingdom, she created a course framework for teacher accreditation, bringing educational opportunities to those who would otherwise be without. Since its creation, the program has been adopted by numerous universities around the world.
People who meet Sigot describe her as a passionate person who always takes time to help others. She received the International Friendship Award from UCM in 1979, as a testament to her caring reputation.