The Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, has announced the appointment of Eyitope Ogunbodede, a Professor of Oral Maxillofacial from Faculty of Dentistry as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University.
The Chairman of the Council, Yemi Ogunbiyi, announced this in Ile-Ife on Monday.
He replaced Idowu Omole, who concluded his tenure in highly controversial circumstances.
The new vice-chancellor will steer the affairs of the university for a non-renewable term of five years.
According to him, the new vice-chancellor got 93 per cent in the selection process to beat two other professors, Ayobami Salami who scored 78 percent, and Bisi Aina who got 73 per cent.
He said that 22 applicants initially applied, while 21 applicants were screened and interviewed for the position of the vice-chancellor.
Mr Ogunbiyi pledged that under this present governing council, he would ensure that things would move forward.
In his response, the newly appointed vice-chancellor thanked God for His mercy during the period of selection and appreciated the governing council for the appointment.
He solicited for the cooperation of all members of staff, saying, “a tree cannot make a forest”.
The new vice-chancellor emphasised the need for unity of purpose in making the university a world-class institution.
Wole Odewumi, the Chairman of Non-Academic Staff Union, NASU, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the process was “transparent and acceptable”.
Mr Odewumi described the atmosphere of the announcement of Mr Ogunbodede as “peaceful”.
He thanked almighty God for guiding the selection and lauded the governing council for the job well done.
Ademola Oketunde, the Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, said that the appointment of the new vice-chancellor marked a new era.
Mr Oketunde urged Mr Ogunbodede to operate an open-door policy in order to achieve his goals.