FUTA Reappoints Oguntunde, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Development

The Governing   Council of the Federal University of Technology Akure, has approved the reappointment of Professor Phillip Gbenro Oguntunde as Vice Chancellor, Development for a final term of two years effective from February 25, 2021. The Council’s confirmation followed his election by a meeting of the Senate of the Institution held on Friday January 8, 2021. In a letter of notification, the Registrar, Mr. Richard Arifalo said the appointment is well deserved and a recognition of Professor Oguntunde’s ,” hard work , dedication to duty and outstanding contributions to the development of the University during his first term in office which commenced on March 28,2018.” Oguntunde as Vice Chancellor, Development will be responsible for all development related including staff development and  support /need for academic programme, Exchange and linkage programmes at national and international levels , liaising with external  agencies and NGOs, alumni relations and  supervision of physical planning unit.

Oguntunde is a first class graduate from emerging as the best graduating student both at his Department, Agricultural Engineering, and the Faculty of Engineering in 1994. He won Staff Development Fellowship for Master’s degree in 1996-1998, after which he bagged the M.Eng. in Soil and Water Resources Engineering 1998. He bagged a PhD in Environmental Hydrology & Water Resources Engineering (with minor in Surveying,) from the University of Bonn, Germany in 2004. He began his career in as a graduate assistant in 1996 and rose to the professorial rank in October 2014.

Distinctions credited to his name include First joint Marie Curie Fellowship for iLEAPS Advanced Course in Finland, May 2007,CERAD Research Grant (Nigeria) for cassava response to varying water application 2006-2008,Best Researcher of the Year Award for 2008 FUT, Akure,AvH Fellowship for Experience Researchers to research on the “impact of climate change on Niger River Basin of West Africa, 2010-2013,World Bank (STEP-B) Research Grant on Centre of Excellence for Food Security – Sustainable production, processing and utilization of maize, cassava and cowpea for food security in Nigeria, 2010-2012.,Letter of Commendation, Centre for Research and Development, FUTA, 2010, Vice Chancellor’s Award of Excellence at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, 2014 among others.

A widely travelled researcher with prodigious publications in national and international academic journals, Oguntunde has served in various capacities in and outside of and he is a key member of the University’ Research Team. Oguntunde, 52, is married and blessed with children.