The University Governing
Council has approved the
appointment of Professor Akim
Osarhiemen Osunde, FSSN,
Deputy Vice-Chancellor
(Academic) as the Acting Vice-
Chancellor of the University.
He is to take over from the
outgoing Vice-Chancellor,
Prof. M. S. Audu, FMAN, whose
tenure expires on Monday,
November 26, 2012.
Council approved the
appointment at its 96th special
meeting held on Tuesday,
November 13, 2012.
An indigene of Oredo Local
Government Area of Edo State,
Prof Osunde was born on June
12, 1958 in Ibadan, Oyo State.
He attended St. Patrick’s
Primary School, Ibadan and the
famous Edo College, Benin City
before proceeding to
Czechoslovakia in January
1974 to complete his high
school education.
Between 1975 and 1987, he was
in the University of
Agriculture, Nitra,
Czechoslovakia and the
University of Agriculture and
Forestry, Vienna, Austria
where he bagged his M.Sc.
Agronomy (with distinction)
and P.h.D Agronomy (Soil
Fertility) respectively.
Prof. Osunde was a
postdoctoral research fellow
with the joint FAO/IAEA
Division of the International
Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna,
Austria between April 1987
and December 1988. He joined
the services of the Federal
University of Technology,
Minna on January 9, 1989 as
Lecturer I and rose to the rank
of Professor of Soil Science in
A distinguished academic,
Prof. Osunde who is cited in the
“Who Is Who In Nigeria,”
Nigerian International
Biographical Centre, Lagos,
2002 and has won many awards
and honours which include:
Best Graduating Student
(Distinction) Award at the
University of Agriculture,
Nitra, Czechoslovakia (1980).
He has supervised many M.Tech
and Ph.D theses.
Professor Osunde has held
several important positions of
responsibility in the University
which include Deputy Vice-
Chancellor (Academic) 2009 –
to date, Member, University
Governing Council (2002 – 2004
and 2009 to date), Chairman,
Anti-Corruption and
Transparency Monitoring Unit
(2008), Dean, Students’
Affairs (2005 – 2008),
Chairman, University Sports
Committee (1998 –2002), and
Head of Soil Science
Department (1998 –2002),
among others.
He is a fellow, Soil Society of
Nigeria (FSSN) and belongs to
several other professional
bodies among which are
International Union of Soil
Science (IUSS) and the African
Association for Biological
Nitrogen Fixation (AABNF).
The new Ag. VC has presented
papers at many local and
international academic
conferences, workshops and
seminars, with over 50
publications to his credit.
His hobbies include playing
tennis, relaxing with music,
viewing sports and current
affairs programmes.
Prof. Osunde is married to
Engr. Prof. Z. D. Osunde who is
Chairperson, University
Seminar and Colloquium
Committee and they are
blessed with two children and
two grandchildren. The
appointment is with effect
from Tuesday, November 27,
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