Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, the eighth substantive vice-chancellor of the Lagos State University, began her duties on Monday, September 20.
At the university’s six-story Senate Building, where she will rule for the next five years, she was greeted by acting Vice-Chancellor Oyedamola Oke, members of staff, and students.
Friends and well-wishers greeted her with beautiful banners and singing, expressing their delight at her return to work.
She was brought into the Vice Chancellor’s office for a brief prayer as she arrived at the Senate building’s door.
The new VC’s entry was hailed as “gallantry” by the LASU Public Relations Unit in a short statement headlined “New VC, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, resumes office this morning.”
“After months of heightened expectations by stakeholders, the Governor of Lagos State and Visitor to the University, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday, appointed former Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, mni 9th Substantive Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University to wide applause from all and sundry.
“This morning, the Prof. Of Physiology makes a gallant entry into the scenic main campus of the university, no longer as Director, LASUDA, but as the Vice-Chancellor of the 37-year-old institution,” the statement revealed.
She is only the second woman to hold the prestigious position at the Lagos State-owned university.
Prior to her appointment, Ibiyemi, a physiology professor, had served as the institution’s Acting Vice-Chancellor.
On April 23, 1964, in Lagos, the 57-year-old scholar was born.
She became the first Professor of Physiology at LASU College of Medicine on October 2, 2007, after rising through the ranks at the University of Lagos, Idi-Araba, from Assistant Lecturer (1988 to 1991) to Associate Professor in 2005.