Professor Folasade Ogunsola Emerges First Female UNILAG VC in 60 Years


Professor Folasade Ogunsola, a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor and professor of microbiology has emerged as the first female vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos in 60 years.

Prof. Ogunsola was introduced as UNILAG’s 13th Vice Chancellor following a special council meeting on Friday, October 7, 2022.

“The Governing Council of the University of Lagos has approved the appointment of Professor Folasade Tolulope Ogunsola, FAS, as the 13th Vice-Chancellor of the University,” UNILAG wrote on Twitter.

Out of the seven people who were considered for the top position at the school, she was the clear favourite.

Professors Mathew Ilori and Adeyinka Adekunle, both from the Faculty of Sciences, Imran Smith from the Faculty of Law, Timothy Nubi from the Department of Estate Management at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, and Ayo Olowe from the Faculty of Management Sciences were among the other shortlisted candidates.

Professor Ogunsola will take over as UNILAG’s VC for the next five years from Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

After the incumbent VC’s five-year term expires on November 11, 2022, her tenure begins on Saturday, November 12, 2022, to November 11, 2027.

About Professor Folashade Ogunshola, UNILAG 13th Vice Chancellor

Prof. Folasade Ogunsola was born in 1958. She possesses a PhD in Medical Microbiology from the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff as well as an MSc in Medical Microbiology with Distinction and a Diploma in Biomedical Techniques.

Prof. Ogunsola teaches medical microbiology and serves as the Lagos University Teaching Hospital’s clinical microbiologist and infection control consultant.

She is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians, the Nigerian Academy of Science, the Royal College of Pathologists, the National Postgraduate Medical College in Pathology, the Nigerian Academy of Medicine and the Academy of Medicine Specialties.

Professor Ogunsola had served as the university’s acting Vice-Chancellor and former Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Development Services. Before that, she had also served as the pioneer and only female Provost of the university’s College of Medicine.

She also served as a governing council member for three terms, ranking as the only one with a such number of years in the governing council among the contenders.

Prof. Ogunsola is said to have received various prestigious awards from both local and international bodies and has one hundred and forty-two (142) publications in reputable academic journals and has co-authored four (4) books.

She has successfully supervised or co-supervised eight (8) doctoral students and 61 master’s students.

Professor Ogunsola had previously held the positions of acting vice chancellor and deputy vice chancellor for development services at the institution. Before this, she had also been the university’s first and first female Provost of the college of medicine.

She was also a member of the governing council for three periods, making her the only candidate with as many years of experience.

She has co-authored four (4) books, 142 papers in respected academic journals, and several distinguished prizes from both national and international organizations.

She has successfully mentored or co-mentored 61 master’s students and eight PhD students.

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