Professor Adebola Ekanola, 49, of the Department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan on Thursday defeated the Dean of Faculty of clinical science, his opponent to become the new Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic of the institution with 308 votes.
Professor Ekanola who is the NUC’s National Coordinator of the Network of Directors of Internationalisation in Nigerian Universities, NODINU has facilitated many international MoUs for the university, established many international collaborations on its behalf across all continents, has over 60 publications to his name and is currently supervising five Ph.D students – two in the area of Ethics and three in the area of Socio-Political Philosophy.
The Dean, Professor Owolabi who has 215 journal articles to his credit had 134 votes.
Also, Professor Olanike K. Adeyemo, 48, has been ratified by the Senate for a second term in office as the Deputy Vice Chancellor, DVC, Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnership, RISP.
Adeyemo, a professor of Aquatic toxicology, Aquatic veterinary medicine and Fish food safety — who has 96 publications to her credit, has supervised 28 DVM, 22 MVPH and Ph.D students, and is currently supervising 12 postgraduate students — is the first to hold the office.
She has obtained funding/awards towards research and professional development from MASHAV, Israel, START/PACOM, USA, USDA/USAID, USA, USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service, USA, Nuffic Fellowship Program Grant, Netherlands, IFS, Sweden and Schlumberger Foundation, USA.
On account of her multi-disciplinary research designed to deliver much needed, cutting-edge knowledge on the relationships between ecosystems, zoonoses, health and wellbeing, she has garnered a lot of awards and recognition for her significant contributions. She has received University of Ibadan Vice-Chancellor’s commendations for Academic Excellence and Achievements three times, listed in the 2011 edition of “Black Achievers in Science and Technology”, an African Scientific Institute’s publication, which recognizes the achievement of individuals of African heritage in his/her field of endeavour.
Prof. Adeyemo was appointed to the roster of toxicological and epidemiological experts of the Joint FAO/WHO Committee on Food Additives, JECFA, from 2011-2015 and renewed from 2016-2020. She is also a Fellow of Leadership for Environment and Development, LEAD, Eisenhower Fellowship programme and African Scientific Institute, ASI. In 2012, she was nominated and elected Fellow, African Academy of Sciences and in 2016, Academy of Science, Nigeria.
With the battle for the DVCs position being brought to a close, any moment from now, the tussle for the VC position will begin.