Nigerian University Appoints Its First Female Vice-Chancellor

A Nigerian University, the Dominican University, Ibadan, management has announced the appointment of Professor Jacinta Opara as the university’s first female vice-chancellor.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Anthony Idigbe, subsequent to a board gathering on 7 March.

Ms. Opara assumes the role of the university’s second substantive vice-chancellor.

The management shared that the selection was endorsed by the institution’s Joint Governing Council, Senate, and Search/Selection Team, following a rigorous recruitment process conducted by a professional recruiting firm and distinguished academics.

“The appointment is expected to usher in an era of innovation and academic eminence. A scholar of Prof Opara’s status with a proven track record in higher education and an outstanding commitment to fostering learning and research, she is balanced to make a sustainable impact on the University and the broader academic community,” the statement reads in part.

It added that Ms Opara’s appointment is set for a five-year term.

Ms. Opara is a well-rounded professional with expertise in various fields.

She is an environmental scholar, scientist, educator, health researcher, consultant, and development activist.

Currently, she holds the positions of President of the African Association for Teaching and Learning and Chairman of the Governing Council of the Institute of Policy Management Development.

Her educational background includes degrees from the University of Ibadan and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, along with additional postgraduate qualifications from institutions such as the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, and various international universities.

Ms. Opara brings extensive administrative experience in higher education, having held roles as head of department, dean, director, and deputy vice-chancellor.

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