The Governing Council of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has ratified the election of Prof. Babatunde Kehinde by the Senate of the University as the new Acting Vice-Chancellor of the institution.
Mr Kola Adepoju, the University Head of Public Relations, confirmed the development in Abeokuta on Friday.
Adepoju stated that Kehinde, Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics would assume office Nov. 1 , saying that the outgoing Vice – Chancellor, Prof. Kolawole Salako remained the Vice-Chancellor till Oct. 31.
Until his ratification by the Governing Council on Thursday, Kehinde was the Deputy Vice Chancellor(Development).
“Prof. Kehinde attended University of Ibadan where he obtained B.Sc Degree in Agricultural Biology, Second Class Honours,Upper Division in 1987; M.Sc in 1990 and a Ph.D in 1994.
He began his academic career at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in March,1994 as Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Plant Breeding and Seed Technology, and rose through the ranks to become a Professor in 2007.
“Prof. Kehinde has served the University in various capacities, which included Dean, College of Plant Science and Crop Production; Director, Institute For Human Resources and Development(INHURD).
” Also Member, FUNAAB Governing Council; Chairman and member of notable Committees in the University.
“Apart from FUNAAB, Prof .Kehinde has contributed to the development of other Universities, his impact at Lagos State University led to his appointment as the Acting pioneer Dean, School of Agriculture.
“He was also a Visiting Lecturer at the Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic,” Adepoju said.
At national level,the Acting Vice Chancellor designate served the nation as Member of the National Technical Working Group (Agriculture) of the Vision 20:2020.
“Prof. Kehinde has published more than 50 scientific articles in national and foreign journals.
” He’s happily married to Prof(Mrs) Iyabode Kehinde who presently is the University Director of Academic Affairs and they are blessed with children,” he said.