Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, has approved the appointment of Professor Temi Emmanuel Ologunorisa as the Vice-Chancellor of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa.
This was made known in a release by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of the State, Richard Olatunde, dated November 19, 2021.
According to the release, the appointment of the new Vice-Chancellor will take effect from the 23rd of February, 2022.
The release read: “The Governor’s approval of the appointment is in accordance with the powers conferred on him as Visitor to the University in line with the First Schedule, Paragraph 3 (1) and (9) of the Law that established the University.
The appointment also followed recommendations and reports of the University’s Joint Council/Senate Selection Board.”
In his congratulatory message, Governor Akeredolu charged the new Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ologunorisa, to use his wealth of experience to develop the University.
Who is Ologunorisa?
Temi Emmanuel Ologunorisa is an award-winning climate and environmental scientist, a teacher-scholar and an astute university administrator.
In 2018, he bagged a Scholar of Extraordinary Ability Award by the United States government as part of his quality and quantum research work in climate science (flood hydroclimatology), which confers on its recipients, permanent residency in the United States.
Before his appointment, he was a Professor of Climate Science at the Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. He is currently an Adjunct
Professor of Geography at Liberty University Lynchburg, Virginia and Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas, United States.
He was previously the Executive Director for the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding, a (UNESCO)-affiliated centre, Osogbo, Nigeria (2015-2016).
He has been a visiting professor for the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Missouri since 2008, McMaster University Hamilton, Canada (2009), Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan (2009), National University of Singapore(2012), Flinders University of South Australia (2009) and University of Witwatersand, South African (2012).
Ologunorisa was the first professor to be appointed by Osun state university, Nigeria where he served as Chair for the Department of Geography, Pioneer Dean of the Faculty of Social Science, Provost College of Management and Social Science and Founding Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research between 2007 and 2016.
He has also consulted on many climate and environmental projects with the World Bank, British Council and Mobil Oil (now Exxon Oil) and has over 100 scientific publications to his credit and has won grants of over $400,000.00 in collaboration with colleagues.
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