The ceremony began by Dr. Narongchai Arkaraseranee, President of Khon Kaen University Council conveyed thanking address to the former administrative team. The selection process for KKU President has been performed effectively with cooperation from everyone and with circumspection, transparency until we get the new President today. Dr. Narongchai then said that university administration today is challenging with everything rapidly changing. Administration requires cooperation to lead the university past all the challenges. We have passed the period where the university had to be leading in research, and we have done that efficiently. Meanwhile, we very well performed the role in social services as one part of Khon Kaen civilians. During the next period, the new team has to work towards job satisfaction and life of the personnel which should be under good environment for potentials to face the changes. At the same time, it is necessary to build organization engagement among all staff. It is hoped that everyone supports the new administrative team for the progress of the university.
Next, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Triratanasirichai, President of Khon Kaen University expressed his feeling and thanked KKU community. His engagement with KKU has been for long period as an alumnus and a staff member working with the university. KKU has given him many valuable things in life. What he acquired increased when he became a faculty administrator and learned from many former deans. In his office as the President, he received advices from the university council and Dr. Narongchai who helped establish many strategies that drove the university towards the progress, especially the 4 main strategic pillars were established by KKU Council and Dr. Narongchai. We have worked together in unity as a “KKU TEAM”. Alongside there was the civil community that supported and clarified the image of the university that dedicates itself to the society. This awareness and practices were transferred to all staff and students just like the “DNA” of KKU folks. Our research began from the hope to develop the society that dedication and our pride for administration toward excellence. We were the first to receive the national quality award, and this is the result of team work.
“The success is from supports from all sectors and it proves my intention to work with the feeling of being an alumnus who will never lead the institution in a wrong way. I’m happy that the new President is also an alumnus. I wish the President is supported and assisted just like me who has been much supported all through my terms,” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Triratanasirichai, President of Khon Kaen University.
Next, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul, the President-to-be responded by thanking the members of the university council for the opportunity and trust. “I appreciate Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Triratanasirichai and the team for the dedication and sacrifice towards the university. I hope the former team will assist and support us in the administration. The next 4 years from now we will be facing external changes and the challenging university crisis. We are now ready to work with the team of administrators who are determined to solve all problems and obstacles.”
“I am an alumnus who have worked with Khon Kaen University since graduation. I promise to work with the most of my abilities to pass through problems and obstacles and lead Khon Kaen University towards good progress and sustainability,” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul ended.
Finally, the handing-over ceremony ended by the transfer of Khon Kaen University’s Emblem File, with representatives from various organizations presented flower bouquets to congratulate Assoc. Prof. Dr. Charnchai Panthongviriyakul for his term as the President and to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Triratanasirichai for his terms of 8 years that brought KKU towards this progress.
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