The Governing Council of Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University Makurdi, formerly known as the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, has appointed Professor Isaac Nathaniel Itodo as the 7th Vice Chancellor, effective April 17, 2023.
He succeeds Professor Richard Kimbir, whose tenure as VC ends on November 19, 2022.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council, Edith Uwajumogwu, announced the appointment, stating that the new VC, a world-class agricultural engineer, is the university’s first alumnus to be appointed as VC since its inception in 1988.
Prof. Itodo was chosen out of 16 candidates in a credible and open process, according to Uwajumogwu.
She stated that in response to the advertisement, 18 applications were received; these applicants were screened, and a short list of sixteen candidates emerged.
Prof. Itodo was chosen unanimously after receiving the highest score of the three candidates recommended by the selection committee.
“During the process, JoSTUM’s interests were prioritized,” the Chairman stated. Nobody was under any uncontrollable pressure. I hope that other universities will learn from this one.
“We went for merit and took the best to give the University pride of place in the Nigerian university system.” Itodo, 58, began working for the university in 1987.
“He rose through the ranks and was promoted to professor in 2003.
“He has worked for the university in a variety of capacities, including Head of the Department of Agricultural Engineering, Dean of the College of Engineering, and Director of Linkages.
“Itodo is an outstanding scholar, administrator and a good resource manager who will undoubtedly contribute to the university’s development.
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“Among his numerous academic titles, he is a scholar-practitioner with two patents, a National Productivity Award Winner, and a Fellow of the Academy of Engineering.
“He will succeed Professor Paul Annune, who has been acting as Vice-Chancellor since November 2022, in April 2023.” Uwajumogwu
Prof Itodo becomes the university’s first non-Tiv Vice-Chancellor after nearly 28 years of existence.
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