Saturday, 25 June 2016

All You Need To Know About The New OAU Vice Chancellor

The Governing Council, at its Special meeting held on June 6, 2016, considered the report of the Joint Council and Senate Selection Board for the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor for the University and decided to appoint Professor Ayobami Taofeek Salami as the eleventh Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife, for a term of five years with effect from June 24, 2015.

Professor Ayobami Salami, aged 52, hails from Ibadan, specifically from Akinyele Local Government Area in Oyo Central Senatorial District, Oyo State, Nigeria.

He attended the following higher educational institutions:

University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife –  1982 – 1986
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife   1987 – 1989
African Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys –  1989 – 1990
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife –   1992 – 1996

He possesses the following qualifications:

Sc (Geography) 1986
Sc (Land Use and Natural Resources Management) 1989
PGD (Remote Sensing Applications/GIS) 1990
PhD (Space Applications and Land Use/Natural Resources Management) 1996

Professor Salami joined the services of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife as a Research Fellow II in the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Studies on 1st February, 1991. He rose through the ranks to the grade of Professor on 1st October, 2003.

He had served as the Director, Institute of Ecology and Environmental Studies of the University (2006 – 2010) and Head, Space Applications and Environmental Science Laboratory (2005 till date). He is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) since 1st August, 2011.

Professor Salami had also served as a Member of the Senate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, from 2003 till date after having served as an Elected Member from 1996 – 2000. In addition, he had served as a Member of the University Governing Council from 2003 – 2007 and had at various times, served on several committees in the University either as Member or Chairman.

Professor Salami has to his credit, several university, national and international fellowships, honours, awards and consultancies. He had also served as a Member of the Accreditation Panel of the National Universities Commission to various universities in Nigeria at different times.

Professor Salami has obtained numerous grants from several organizations such as National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Abuja; Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Ecological Fund Office, Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, The Presidency, Abuja; National Centre for Remote Sensing, Jos; International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), The Netherlands; International Secretariat of System Analysis for Research and Training- International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), Washington D.C.; UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission; United Nations Development Program (UNDP); United Nations Environment Program (UNEP); International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy; Ramboll Natura AB, Sweden; European Union (EU); International Development  Research Centre (IDRC); and International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM), Japan among others.

An Eisenhower Fellow (USA) since 2009, Professor Salami has supervised the thesis of 7 Ph.D. and 31 M.Sc. degree students in the University and is currently supervising 3 Ph.D. students. He has served as an External Examiner to several foreign and Nigerian Universities.

He delivered the 220th Inaugural Lecture of the University titled “Space Applications and Ecological Haemorrhage: The Nigerian Experience” in 2009. Professor Ayobami Salami has 75 publications to his credit in Books, Journals, Conference Proceedings and Technical Papers.

A renowned Professor of Space Applications and Environmental Studies, Professor Ayobami Salami is married to Professor (Mrs.) Abiodun Olusola Salami and they are blessed with children.

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