Nigeria’s premier university the University of Ibadan has announced the election of Prof. Gbemisola Oke as the institution’s seventh deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics).
Prof Oke is with the university’s Department of Periodontology and Community Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, College of Medicine. Her appointment was contained in a statement by Mr Olatunji Oladejo, the Director of Public Communication of the institution, made available to newsmen on Sunday.
The announcement makes Prof. Oke the second female candidate to occupy the position. Prior to this announcement, she was the director of the university’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
The statement said: “A versatile scholar and change agent, a fellow of Ashoka, Innovator for the Public, Oke rose through the rank and became a Professor on Oct.1, 2002.
“She has a glittering career at UI as a teacher, researcher and administrator, serving on many committees and boards.
“Oke was the third Dean, Faculty of Dentistry from Aug. 2007 to 2010. Her tenure was remarkable.
“The Community Oral Health Programmes in Idikan, Ibadan and Igbora, Ibarapa Local Government, Oyo State, to give health care services to people at the grassroots were founded under her leadership.
“She is a Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College (FMCDS) Member, Nigerian Women Association of Nigeria (NWAN) and Member, Nigeria Dental Association (NDA).
“Oke is also a member of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), member, Network of Enterprise Educators of Nigeria and many other associations.’’