08 Mar 2022

Igbojaye-born Prof Ajayi Becomes New VC Of First Technical University

Days after the maiden convocation ceremony of the First Technical University, Ibadan, the Governing Council of the citadel of knowledge has appointed Professor Adesola Ajayi as successor to the pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ayobami Salami.

The appointment follows the Council’s consideration of the recommendation of the Joint Council and Senate Selection Board at its Special Meeting held on Monday, 7th March 2022. The appointment is for a single term of five (5) years and will take effect from 9th May 2022.

Professor Ajayi emerged after a rigorous exercise in accordance with the University’s establishment Laws. The vacancy for the position was announced in daily newspapers on 6th December 2021 and out of 14 Professors that applied for the position, 8 were shortlisted and invited for interaction with the Joint Council-Senate Selection Board which met on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday, 3rd March 2022.

Professor Sola Ajayi, the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor is the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor of First Technical University. He is a Professor of Crop Science. He obtained B.Agric. in Plant Science (First Class Honours) with the best overall result in the Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 1991. He also obtained from the same University the M.Phil. (Plant Science) degree with a specialization in Plant Breeding/Seed Production in 1997. He bagged the Doctor of Agricultural Science (Dr. sc. agr.) degree in Seed Biology from Christian Albrecht University, Kiel, Germany in 2003.

Professor Ajayi has won several scholarships, fellowships, honours and awards among which are Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement Programme (CIRCLE) Champion Award by CIRCLE Visiting Fellows (CVF), 2021; Green Award by the National Association of Agricultural Students (NAAS, OAU, Ile-Ife) as the most-liked lecturer in the Department of Crop Production and Protection, OAU, Ile-Ife (2017); DAAD Re-Invitation Fellowship (2007); Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship, IPGRI (2002); Professor Werner Schulze Fellowship for young Agricultural Scientists, Federal Agricultural Research Centre, Braunschweig, Germany (2000); DAAD Scholarship for doctoral studies in Germany (1999); Dr. Sunday Aribisala scholarship for the best MSc Agricultural graduate from Nigerian Universities recommended for a PhD Programme, IITA (1998); Ebony Award for being the student with the highest Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in the Faculty of Agriculture (1990) and Obafemi Awolowo University Scholarship for Outstanding students (1989).

Professor Ajayi was appointed as Graduate Assistant at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on 15th December 1993 and was promoted to the rank of Professor on 1st October 2010. He was Visiting Scholar at Pioneer Hi-bred International, Pandorf, Austria (2000-2002); Postdoctoral Fellow at Cell Biology Research Unit, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa (2003-2005). He has also been Visiting Scholar at Goethe University, Frankfurt, am Main, Germany (2013); Seed Conservation Department, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK (2003); Maize Improvement Program, IITA, Ibadan (2011); and Agricultural Productivity Director, Winrock International/USAID-Nigeria Bridge to MARKETS II Project (2011).

Aged 53, Professor Ajayi who hails from Igbojaye in Itesiwaju Local Government Area of Oyo State is happily married to Ibiyemi Adeloyin Ajayi, and they are blessed with four children.

He takes over from Professor Ayobami Salami whose term as Pioneer Vice-Chancellor expires on 8th May 2022.