By Mayowa Okekale
The University of Ibadan has appointed Professor Gbemisola Oke of the Department of Periodontology and Community Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, College of Medicine, as the 7th Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the institution.
This was contained in a statement by Mr Olatunji Oladejo, the Director of Public Communication of the institution, made available to newsmen, last Friday.
According to the statement, the new deputy vice-chancellor replaced Prof. Idowu Olayinka, whose tenure ended on Dec. 16, 2014.
It further stated that Oke, who before the appointment was Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the institution, had become the second female to occupy the position, noting that the new DVC (Academic) graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 1981 and bagged a Master of Public Health (MPH) from University of California, Los Angeles, in1985.
Professor Oke was described as a versatile scholar and change agent, a fellow of Ashoka, Innovator for the Public. She rose through the rank and became a Professor on Oct.1, 2002 and has had a glittering career at UI as a teacher, researcher and administrator, serving on many committees and boards.
Oke was the third Dean, Faculty of Dentistry from Aug. 2007 to 2010. Her tenure was remarkable. She is a Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College (FMCDS) Member, Nigerian Women Association of Nigeria (NWAN) and Member, Nigeria Dental Association (NDA). She is also a member of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), member, Network of Enterprise Educators of Nigeria and many other associations.
The statement concluded that the new DVC is married to Professor Bankole Oke of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy, Faculty of Veterinary Anatomy, UI, and blessed with children.
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