PROFILE: MRS OLAYINKA BALOGUN
Mrs. Olayinka Balogun is a thoroughbred administrator with nineteen (19) years of working experience. She is a multi-talented professional who always strives for positive results through the application of adaptability, leadership and problem-solving skills. Such interpersonal and leadership strength, which she displayed in her previous schedules, enabled her to optimise performance. She is desirous of deploying these traits in motivating colleagues to fully buy into the vision and mission of the First Technical University, Ibadan.
Balogun sees the Registry as the hub of all activities geared towards the realisation of the vision and mission of any university. As a result, her vision for the university is: ‘To lead a Technical University Registry that is competent, effective and purpose-driven. A registry which realises the interdependence of various segments of the university and the pivotal role every member is expected to play in the realisation of a world-class university grounded in entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainably science and practice as well as a commitment to international best practice.’
Born on May 14, 1966, in Igboora, in Ibarapa Central Local Government, Oyo Central Senatorial District, Oyo State, Balogun attended Igboora High School, Igbo Ora, Oyo State, between 1980 and 1985. From 1987 to 1992, she attended the University of Ibadan, where she obtained a B.Sc Hons. (Animal Science). From the same university, Masters in Industrial and Labour Relations (MLR) (1995-1997) and M.A. (Peace and Conflict Studies (Internal Conflicts) in 2014.
Until her appointment as Registrar, Mrs. Balogun was on sabbatical leave at Tech-U as the Deputy Registrar/Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office. Before then, she had been Principal Assistant Registrar (October 2015) at the University of Ibadan. She was Senior Assistant Registrar (2011), Assistant Registrar (2007), Administrative Officer (2004) and Executive Officer (2000) at the University of Ibadan. As the Principal Assistant Registrar at UI, she was the Head, Senate Unit of the Academic Division of the Registry.
Balogun has attended numerous conferences within and outside Nigeria. Among others, she was in Dubai, UAE, for the ‘Employee Relations Best Practices’ conference in 2019; in Durban, South Africa for Digitised Academic Administration (2018); Nottingham University, UK, for the Association of University Administrators Conference in 2015.
Others include Emotional Intelligence for Leaders, in Cape Town, South Africa, June 2016; 13thAnnual Conference on Higher Education, Faculty Administrative Forum, Port-Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa, May 2014; Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) Capacity Development Joint Training Workshop for University Administrators and Faculty; Supporting Research and Postgraduate Programmes in African Universities, Nairobi Kenya, September 2013; and the Association of University Administrators Conference: University of Oxford, Manchester, UK, March 2005.
In the past decade, Balogun has attended more than 22 conferences across various institutions in Nigeria. Between October 20 and 22, 2019, she attended the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria’s ‘Disruption: Change the Game’ conference. She was also part of Strict Compliance with Asset Declaration and Code of Conduct for Public Universities Programme, Abuja, October 2019; University Procedures and Protocols workshop, First Atlantic University, Ibadan, August 2019; Fundamentals of Office Administration for Effective Leadership, ASCON, Badagry, November 2013; Mac-Authur Foundation Fundraising Fundamentals: Training for Trainees workshop, University of Ibadan, February 2007; and Computer Appreciation and Database management, a workshop organised by the Information Technology Unit, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, August 2005.
Balogun, who has received various commendations for excellent performances on different occasions, especially in the course of work at the University of Ibadan, is passionate about youth mentoring, counseling, church outreach, and hospital volunteering. Her hobbies include singing, traveling, reading and writing.