UNILAG appoints first female Vice Chancellor


The governing council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), on Friday announced the appointment of Folasade Ogunsola, a Professor of Medical Microbiology, as the incoming Vice Chancellor of the university.

She will be the first female to hold this position in the nearly 60-year history of the university and its 13th Vice Chancellor. Prof. Ogunsola emerged the preferred person to be VC out of seven shortlisted candidates that went through a very keen selection process.

According to a statement by the institution, “The appointment of Professor Ogunsola is for five (5) years with effect from Saturday, November 12, 2022 to Thursday, November 11, 2027”.

“The 12th Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS, on behalf of Management, members of staff and students of the University heartily congratulates Professor Folasade Tolulope Ogunsola, FAS on her appointment and wishes her a successful tenure.”

Her profile on the Nigerian Society for Infection Control (NSIC), which she is a founding member, Ogunsola was the leader of a team responsible for infection control during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in the country.

Ogunsola specialises in disease control, particularly HIV/AIDS, she was provost of College of Medicine, University of Lagos and is reputed as being the first woman to occupy the position.

She was elected as the acting vice chancellor of University of Lagos on 24 August 2020, by the university’s senate and also served as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development Services) of the institution between 2017 and 2021.

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