CURSORY: University of Lagos (UNILAG) has appointed its first female VC in 60years, check out her qualifications and achievements over the years.
Folasade Ogunsola, a professor of clinical microbiology, has been appointed as the vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
Her appointment was announced by the UNILAG governing council on Friday, October 7, 2022, officially made her the first female VC of the university in 60 years and the 13th VC of the school.
She is expected to take over from Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, whose tenure ends on November 11, 2022.
Ogunsola, the daughter of the late eminent geographer, Prof. Akin Mabogunje, has served the university in various capacities.
Ogunsola is a Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Lagos College of Medicine, Idi Araba, Lagos. She specialises in disease control, particularly HIV/AIDS.
Ogunsola was provost of College of Medicine, University of Lagos and is reputed as being the first woman to occupy the position.
Ogunsola was appointed as Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos on August 24, 2020, a position she held for a short period when the University was plunged into crisis as a result of the removal of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, by the Wale Babalakin-led University Council.
She was also the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development Services) of the University between 2017 and 2021, a position she occupied before ascending to the institution’s Acting Vice Chancellorship.
Prior to being the deputy vice chancellor, she was the provost of College of Medicine, University of Lagos. Her research areas have been centred on the regulation and management of viral diseases, particularly HIV.
She is the principal investigator at AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria at the University of Lagos.She has also been the chairman of Infection Control Committee of Lagos University Teaching Hospital. Additionally, she is the chairman of the National Association of Colleges of Medicine in Nigeria.
Ogunsola was a founding member of the Nigerian Society for Infection control in 1998 and is also a member of the Global Infection Prevention and control Network.
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