Kayode Adebowale, a chemistry professor, has been named the University of Ibadan’s 13th substantive vice-chancellor (VC).
After nearly a year of power struggles in the varsity’s hierarchy, John Oyegun, the former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), made the statement on Thursday, October 14.
Adebowale, the first man from Ibadan to hold the position in 73 years, overcame the university’s current acting VC, Adebola Ekanola, and 14 other contenders to win the highly coveted position.
Adebowale was the institution’s deputy vice-chancellor (DVC) prior to his current appointment.
The new VC was chosen after a thorough procedure, according to Oyegun, who is also the pro-chancellor and head of the institution’s governing council.
“On December 1, 2020, the position of Vice Chancellor at the University of Ibadan became vacant, and the previous Governing Council began the process of appointment in accordance with the terms of the existing statutes.”
“However, due to events beyond the Visitor’s control, the procedure was aborted by the Visitor, resulting in the dissolution of Council at the moment.” In April of this year, a new Governing Council was installed, and it wisely opted to restart the process. In July of this year, a new advertisement was posted, and fourteen (14) people submitted for the position before it expired.
“In accordance with the University Acts, a Search Team was formed to look for qualified candidates who might not otherwise apply.” At the conclusion of the exercise, two more applications were received, bringing the total number of candidates to sixteen (16).
“On October 13, 2021, Council met with each of the fifteen (15) candidates. All members of Council gave the candidates a score based on Council-approved criteria. At the conclusion of the exercise, eight (8) candidates were shortlisted for the final interview in order of merit.
“At the meeting, two (2) members of Council were also appointed, as required by law.” Earlier this week, the Senate elected two (2) senators to serve on the Selection Board for the Vice-nomination. Chancellor’s
“At its just-concluded meeting today, the Governing Council considered the Selection Board’s report and endorsed the Board’s recommendation to designate Professor Kayode Oyebode Adebowale as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.”
“It is therefore my pleasure to introduce to you Professor Kayode Oyebode Adebowale, the new and 13th Vice-Chancellor of this wonderful University, University of Ibadan.” We wish him well in his new position.”