By Opeyemi Babalola
The Governing Council of Osun State University has approved the appointment of the university’s fourth substantive vice-chancellor (VC), Professor Odunayo Clement Adebooye, following the approval of the Visitor to the University, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.
The Council Chairman, Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Ali, SAN, who made the disclosure on Tuesday, said the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor with an academic career spanning 26 years had served the university at various times as a member of the Governing Council, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Provost/Dean, Director and Head of Department, among others.
Mallam Ali thanked the Visitor for his consistent support which he said has made the university one of the fastest growing universities in the country.
“I am happy that despite the controversies surrounding the appointment process, the Council was able to exert rigorous efforts and sacrifice in the appointment procedures, which culminated in the appointment of Professor Odunayo Clement Adebooye.
“We believe that he possesses the attributes to move the university forward and write a fresh chapter in the journey to achieve the dreams of the founding fathers of the university,” he said.
While thanking the Senate, management and the entire staff of the university for their sacrifice and selflessness, Ali urged them to maintain peace and cooperate with the new VC.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Ademola Adesoji and made available to University Times International (UTI) stated that Adebooye had served as Ambassador Scientist for the German Government Humboldt Foundation, Secretary-General of the African-German Network Excellence in Science and Regional Project Coordinator for the Government of Canada Projects in West Africa.
“He has been Visiting Professor to many universities in Nigeria, Germany, Canada and provided services for the United Nations. He has utilized nine fully funded international research fellowships worldwide including the highly prestigious United Nations University Fellowship, Germany and won 25 research grants with over 100 travel grants,” the statement added.