The University of Ibadan has appointed Professor Idowu Olayinka as the new Vice Chancellor, as he succeeds Professor Isaac Adewole, whose tenure will end on November 30.
Delivering the announcement at the school’s Senate Chamber on Wednesday, Pro-Chancellor of the university, Dr. Umar Mustapha, said the choice of Olayinka was unanimous after three candidates were recommended by the selection committee from the six candidates that were shortlisted for the position.
He said, “Out of the six candidates, three candidates were later recommended after screening and interview. They were all rated based on the performance of the candidates.
“The process was open and credible. Prof. Olayinka will resume on December 1, 2015. Before then, he will understudy the current VC. I thank the outgoing VC for the wonderful job he did in the university.
“He took the university to greater heights. UI is today is ranked one of the best in Africa. We have the best Distance Learning Centre in Nigeria. Today, UI is locally relevant, nationally prominent and globally competitive. The new VC has more than 20 years of experience in the university and he understands the administration of the institution.”
The professor of geology, 57, is the first VC of the school to emerge from the Faculty of Science since the school was established in 1948.