Faith-based Ajayi Crowther University (ACU), Oyo, has appointed Prof. Timothy Adebayo as its new Vice Chancellor.
He succeeds Prof. Dapo Asaju.
Legal luminary and Prochancellor of the Anglican Church of Nigeria Supra West-initiated University, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), announced the new Vice Chancellor on Thursday in Oyo, during the university’s council meeting held at the permanent site of the university located at Oyo-Ogbomoso road.
Olanipekun had earlier commissioned the Varsity’s permanent campus and a number of buildings, including the Faculties of Basic Medical Sciences, Agriculture and the Council Chamber among others.
Prof. Adebayo, a former Deputy Vice Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, is the 4th VC of the university.
He hails from Esa-Oke in Obokun East Local Government Area of Osun state.
Chief Olanipekun said the institution’s governing council had approved the appointment of Prof. Adebayo as a successor to Bishop Asaju, having satisfied all the requirements of the institutions.
The Senior Advocate said that the council observed all due process of appointing a vice chancellor.
His words, “The University Council has approved the appointment of Prof. Timothy Abiodun Adebayo, a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, as a successor to Prof. Asaju, as new vice chancellor.
“This is the 4th Vice Chancellor of this university. Council has unveiled him. We have prayed for him. He is taking over from this great man, Asaju.”
“We want to believe that we have prayed for you and in five years time, we will celebrate you.
He revealed that Asaju had served the institution for a five year term and that his tenure ends October 1, 2020.
Olanipekun said, “the task of giving Asaju a successor started months back. We had the advertisement on national dailies calling on interested candidates to apply and several did. Council shortlisted to six and it set up a selection panel, which had met on September 2, 2020 and three candidates were recommended to the council. Today, council has approved the appointment of Professor Adebayo.”
“Ajayi Crowther University is ruling the way. We are not disappointing our proprietors; the Anglican Church of Nigeria Supra West and particularly the House of Bishops,” he said.
Olanipekun described Asaju, the outgoing vice chancellor as an astute, honest and efficient administrator, who in spite of the little resources accrual to the institution, achieved a lot.
His words, “This morning, we have commissioned about six buildings. But there are so many, not less than 20 on the permanent site. Council appreciates and thanks to him and prays for his prosperity”
“The fear of God and passion for humanity are key motivations to his successful tenure, and I task leaders, especially at the national level to possess a selfless spirit, for the uplift and growth of the country.
At the occasion were Bishop of Lagos Diocese, Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye; the Registrar, Mrs Adenike Fatogun and other council members.