A professor of Physiology and former acting vice-chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, has been appointed the institution’s 9th substantive vice-chancellor.
Mrs Olatunji-Bello is the wife of the Lagos State commissioner for environment and water resources, Olatunji Bello.
The announcement was made on Thursday by the state’s commissioner for information and strategy, Gbenga Omotoso.
Born in Lagos on 23 April, 1964, Mrs Olatunji-Bello graduated from University of Ibadan where she bagged a BSc (Hons) in Physiology in 1985.
She bagged her MSc in Physiology in 1987 at the University of Lagos and a PhD in the same field at the same university in 1998.
She had attended Anglican Girls Primary School in Surulere from 1970 to 1974 and then Lagos Anglican Girls Grammar School, also in Surulere, between 1974 and 1979.
She proceeded to Methodist Girls High School in Yaba, and Lagos State College of Science and Technology, Ikosi Campus, where she did her “A” levels, in 1982.
The new vice-chancellor also has a Post-graduate Diploma in Theology from the Bible College of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in the year 2001 and a Post-graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) at the Lagos State University in 2018.
She rose through the ranks from an Assistant Lecturer (1988-1991), Lecturer II between 1991 and 1996, Lecturer 1 between 1996 to 1999 at the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos, (CMUL) Idi Araba.
Between 1999 and 2005, she was a senior lecturer and became an associate professor in 2005 at the CMUL before she was appointed the pioneer professor of Physiology at the Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM).
Mrs Olatunji-Bello has held various positions at the university including serving as an acting vice-chancellor, and deputy deputy vice-chancellor in charge of academic matters.
She was awarded a fellowship by the Physiological Society in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017 and followed by the fellowship of the Physiological Society of Nigeria. She was also appointed a Fellow of the society for Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Mitigation in 2019.
She served under the administration of her predecessor, Mr Fagbohun, as the pioneer director of LASU directorate of advancement.