The Board of Regents, Covenant University’s
apex governing body, has ratified the
appointment of Professor Charles Korede
Ayo, as the third substantive Vice-Chancellor
of the University.
Also, the University for the first time
appointed two Deputy Vice-Chancellors in
the persons of Dr. Taiwo Olubunmi Abioye
and Dr. Aaron Aderemi Atayero as the
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration and
Academics respectively.
The appointment was made public at the
Chancellor’s Dinner organized to celebrate
the 10th Founder’s Day Anniversary of the
Professor Ayo is taking over from Professor
Aize Obayan who was the second
substantive Vice-Chancellor between
February 1, 2005 and October 31, 2012.
In a brief hand-over ceremony at the Vice-
Chancellor’s office on Monday, October 29,
2012, Professor Obayan noted that the
engine room of Covenant University is the
Vision and advised the new Vice-Chancellor
to always have the Vision at heart in order
to run with it.
The outgoing Vice-Chancellor whose tenure
attracted over 68 awards, numerous
linkages with world class institutions,
among other uncommon feats recorded by
the University, appreciated everyone who
had worked to make her tenure a
resounding success.
Professor C. K. Ayo in his response
described the outgoing Vice-Chancellor as
an epitome of simplicity with finesse for
excellence. He said her personality has
demystified university administration and
has triumphed where many men have
failed. This, according to him, has proved
that success is not by gender.
Dr. Taiwo Olubunmi Abioye, Deputy Vice-
Chancellor (Administration)
Professor Ayo joined the University in
September 2003 as a Senior Lecturer in the
Department of Computer and Information
A Senior Fulbright Scholar, he has served in
various capacities including Director,
Academic Planning Unit, Chair, Quality and
Academic Standards Committee (2008-Date),
Chair, Convocation Planning Committee
2007, 2009 and 2010, amongst others. Until
his appointment, Professor Ayo was the
Head of Department, Computer and
Information Sciences.
The new Vice-Chancellor is a member of
many professional bodies including the
Nigerian Computer Society (MNCS), Computer
Professionals (Registration Council) of
Nigeria (MCPN), Microsoft Certified
Professionals (MCP) and Cisco Certified
Network Associate (CCNA). His research
interests include e-Government, e-Business
and mobile computing amongst others.
Professor C.K Ayo has produced nine (9)
PhDs; 25 M.Sc candidates, over 85 MBA
candidates, over 55 PgD candidates and
over 160 B.Sc candidates.
Dr. Taiwo Abioye joined Covenant
University in October 2005 and served in
various capacities. She is the Secretary,
Executive Board of ISA-RC25: Language and
Society. She is also a member of the editorial
board of Language, Discourse and Society.
Dr. Aaron Atayero, Deputy Vice-Chancellor
She is a member of several Professional
bodies including International Reading
Association (IRA), International Sociological
Association (ISA-RC25), and Nigeria English
Studies Association (NESA).
An Associate Professor of English Language,
she was the Acting Head, Department of
Languages before her appointment as the
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration. She
was the Chairperson, Convocation Planning
Committee in 2008.
Dr. Aaron Atayero is one of the Pioneer Staff
of the University. He joined the University
as a Lecturer II in 2002, in the Department
of Electrical and Information Engineering.
A recipient of Ford Foundation Teaching
Innovative Award, 2009/2010 for
Demonstrative Innovative Approach to
Teaching, Research and Mentoring of Junior
Academics, Dr Atayero was at different
times Acting Head, Department of Electrical
and Information Engineering, Covenant
University and a Lead Researcher, EIE
Biometrics Research Cluster.
He is a member of many Professional
bodies including Council for the Regulation
of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Institute
of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
(IEEE), International Association of Engineers
(IAENG), World Academy of Science
Engineering and Technology; and
International Who’s Who Historical Society.