UI, Nigeria’s premier university, begins search for new vice chancellor


The Governing Council of the University of Ibadan (UI) has announced the announced the plan for the appointment a new VC for the institution.

The tenure of the current vice chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, appointed September, and sworn in December 1, 2015 for a five-year term, is ending December 1, 2020.

Registrar of the institution and Secretary to the Governing Council, Mrs Olubunmi Faluyi, disclosed this in a special bulletin of the institution in Ibadan on Wednesday.

Faluyi said the Governing Council called on candidates vying for the position of vice-chancellor of the institution to note the requirements and guidelines to meet to be elected for the position.

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“The candidate for the post of vice-chancellor is required to possess a good education and should be a proven successful manager of human resources.

“The vice-chancellor shall hold office for a single term of five years only on such terms and conditions as may be specified in the letter of appointment.

“The remuneration and other conditions of service are applicable to the post of the vice-chancellor in all Nigerian Federal Universities and as may be determined from time to time by government and governing council as appropriate,” she said.

Faluyi noted that application for the post should be made in 50 copies, accompanied by 50 copies of the candidate’s curriculum vitae duly signed and dated.

“It also includes a statement of the candidate’s vision for the university in the 21st century among other requirements to be submitted under confidential cover and addressed to the Registrar and Secretary of Council, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

“Application should be done within six weeks of the advert and electronic copies of their submission to vcappointment@ui.edu.ng,” she said.

Professor Olayinka, an applied geophysics expert, who had served as the deputy Vice-Chancellor of the same institution, is the 12th substantive vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan.

He succeeded Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, a Nigerian Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, whose tenure ended on November 30, 2015.

In 2013, while serving as Deputy Vice Chancellor of UI, he was offered the position of Vice Chancellor of the Osun State University but he declined the appointment.

His predecessor, Professor Isaac Adewole, speaking on Professor Olayinka, as his successor, described him as the luckiest among the 13 contestants.

“Anybody who is privileged to be the VC is not the best, the brightest and the most intelligent, such a person is just the luckiest among the best,” Professor Adewole said.