The Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA has appointed Professor Joseph Adeola Fuwape as the Seventh substantive Vice Chancellor of the University. The Council presided over by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Senator Joseph Waku, ratified the appointment at its Special meeting held on Thursday May 18, 2017. According to a letter of appointment personally signed by Senator Waku, Professor Fuwape’s Appointment which takes effect from Wednesday May 24, 2017 is for a single term of five years.
Professor Fuwape of FUTA’s Department of Forestry and Wood Technology was educated at the University of Ibadan where he obtained his B.sc Forestry in 1979, M.Sc. Wood Products Engineering, 1982 and Ph.D. in Wood Products Engineering, 1984. He had his Post-Doctoral research in Wood composite system, University of North Wales, Bangor between1991-1992. He was also a Visiting research scientist, Department of Plant Science, Institute of Tropical Forestry University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. March, 1992.
He started his university teaching and research career at the Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Ibadan in 1982. He secured appointment as Lecturer II at the Federal University of Technology Akure in 1984 and rose to the rank of a Professor on October 1st 1996. At the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Professor Fuwape served as Head of Forestry and Wood Technology Department for seven years, Dean School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology for four years and member of the University Governing Council for eight years. He served as the pioneer Director of Quality Assurance Unit, FUTA from 2010 to 2012. He was also Vice-Chancellor of the Salem University Lokoja between 2012 and 2017. He is a member of the Forestry Association of Nigeria, Institute of Wood Science, England, International Society of Tropical Foresters, Science Association of Nigeria, Forest Products Society and International Union of Forestry Research Organizations. He is married to Professor Ibiyinka Fuwape and blessed with children.
Prof. Fuwape succeeds Professor Adebiyi Daramola, whose term ends on Tuesday, 23rd May, 2017.