The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) governing council has accepted the nomination of Olusola Kehinde as the institution’s seventh substantive vice-chancellor.
According to NAN, the institution’s registrar and secretary to the governing council, Bola Adekola, confirmed Kehinde’s appointment in a statement on Wednesday.
Adekola stated that the nomination was approved at a council meeting on Tuesday.
The new vice-chancellor was chosen in a competitive process that included 14 candidates, according to the registrar.
Kehinde thanked the governing council for considering him worthy of the job in his comments.
He also committed to promote peace, excellence, and cutting-edge research in order to boost the institution’s image.
According to the statement, Kehinde was born on December 22, 1964, in Gbagura, Abeokuta LGA.
From 1976 to 1981, he attended Abeokuta Grammar School in Idi-Aba, Abeokuta South LGA, before moving on to Ogun State Polytechnic (now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic) in Ojere, where he got his Higher School Certificate (HSC).
In 1987, 1990, and 1994, he received bachelor and master of science degrees in Agricultural Biology, as well as a doctor of philosophy in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Ibadan (UI).
In 1994, the professor began working as an assistant lecturer in the department of plant breeding and science technology at FUNAAB, formerly known as the University of Agriculture.
He worked his way up the ranks and is now a professor in the same department.
Between 2009 and 2011, Kehinde was the dean of the college of plant science and agricultural production at the university.
He was appointed deputy vice-chancellor (development) of the institution in 2021 and then made acting VC.
He ruled in an acting capacity until his appointment as the institution’s formal vice-chancellor.
The vice-chancellor is married to another professor, Iyabode Kehinde. Three children have been born from this union.