The Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has announced the appointment of Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, a Professor of Oral Maxillofacial from Faculty of Dentistry as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University.
Chairman of the Council, Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi, announced this on Monday. He replaced Prof. Idowu Bamitale Omole, who concluded his tenure in highly controversial circumstances.
The new vice-chancellor will steer the affairs of the university for non renewable term of 5 years.
According to him, the new vice-chancellor got 93 per cent in the selection process to beat Prof. Ayobami Salami, who scored 78 per cent and Prof. Bisi Aina who got 73 percent.
He said that 22 applicants initially applied, while 21 applicants were screened and interviewed for the position of the vice-chancellor.
Dr. 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.
Prof. Ogunbodede said that the selection was done transparently, that due process was followed and thanked members of staff for doggedness in the selection. He solicited for the cooperation of all members of staff, saying, “ a tree cannot make a forest”.