Ahman Pategi University unveils new Vice-Chancellor
By Mahmood Olayinka Alaya
The Ahman Pategi University, Patigi, Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara State has appointed Professor Kazeem Alagbe Gbolagade as its new Vice-Chancellor.
His appointment takes effect from March 1st, 2024.
The new helmsman is taking over from the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mahfouz Adedimeji, who will bow out from Ahman Pategi University from February 28, 2024.
This was contained in a statement the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Ambassador (Dr) Nimota Akanbi, issued and made available to Journalists in Ilorin yesterday.
She said the appointment of Gbolagade of the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Information & Communication Technology, Kwara State University, Malete, was in line with the institution’s law.
Akanbi said the appointment is for a single period of five years.
She disclosed that the appointment conferred on the new vice-chancellor membership of the university council, chairmanship of the university senate and other statutory boards/agencies as enshrined in the institution’s statute.
While describing the appointment as
well-deserved, the Pro Chancellor expressed optimism that the new vice-chancellor would justify the confidence reposed in him through his contribution towards building a solid foundation for the university.
A letter signed by the Registrar of Ahman Pategi University said, “I am pleased to formally convey to you on behalf of the Founder, Board of Trustees and the Governing Council of the University of your formal appointment as the Vice-Chancellor of Ahman Pategi University (APU), Patigi with effect from 1st of March, 2024.
“Please, note that for continuity reason, you will work with the outgoing Vice Chancellor from now till 28th of February, 2024 when the outgoing Vice Chancellor will bow out of APU”, the statement reads in part.
This medium reports that Gbolagade served as the Head of Department of Computer Science, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete from 2014 to 2021.
He was appointed in November 2015 as the Provost, College of Information and Communication Technology in the institution until the College name was changed to Faculty in 2020 when he was appointed the pioneer Dean of the Faculty of ICT.
Gbolagade also served on KWASU Governing Council between March 2017 and April, 2020.
Prior to his foray in KWASU as a Full Professor in 2014, Gbolagade was the Head, Department of Computer Science (2009-2011), the Campus Postgraduate Coordinator (2008-2011), the Dean, Faculty of Mathematical Sciences (2011 – 2014), Dean -in-Charge, Navrongo Campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS) (2011-2014) in Ghana.
He has supervised 22 PhD students to completion, six of whom are already at Professorial cadres, and has reviewed many lectures for Professorial and Senior Lecturership positions.
He has also served as an external examiner for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes both within and outside Nigeria.
Gbolagade has served as either a panel member or chairman of the National Accreditation Board of Ghana as well as National Universities Commission, Nigeria.
Gbolagade has received several research grants at local and international level.
Gbolagade is a member of several academic societies and he is a Chartered Information Technology Practitioner of the Computer Registration Council of Nigeria, a Fellow of the Nigerian Computer Society (FNCS), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Leadership and Governance (FCILG) and a Fellow of the Pan African Institute for Community Development (FPAN).
The erudite scholar has over 150 academic publications and has travelled widely, presented papers in the following countries: Ghana, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, France, Belgium, Macau (China), Mexico and USA ( California and Tennessee).