CAMPUS GIST reports that Salami takes over from the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof Faraday Osasere Orumwense, whose tenure elapses November 30.
Orumwense has been the VC since December 2014 after the exit of Prof Osayuki Oshodin. He is from the Faculty of Engineering.
The appointment of the new VC which takes effect from December 1, 2019 was made by the Governing Council of the University, on Friday, October 25.
Salami emerged top among other candidates who sat for an interview, including Professor Kensington from Engineering and Professor Oviawe.
Her emergence means another Bini indigene succeeding Prof Orumwense who, in 2014, succeeded Oshodin, also from Edo State.
An official of the university and member of Council who confirmed the development to our correspondent, said the best candidate emerged “after the interview conducted.”
Prof Lilian I. Salami, FNSN, FIHE/HEPAN
Professor Lilian Imuetinyan Salami (Nee Emovon), Ph.D., Professor of Home Economics/Nutritional Education is a Benin and hails from Edo State, Nigeria, West Africa.
She was born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria on the 8th of August, 1956 her early schooling started in Jos but was truncated by the Nigerian Civil War. Her both primary and secondary education were then completed in Edo State.
In 1975 she travelled to the United States of America to University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Campus and had her summer schooling in the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. She later transferred to North Dakota State University, Fargo after she got married in 1977. There she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in 1979 in Home Economics and Master’s degree in Nutrition in 1982.
She returned back to Nigeria in 1983 and enrolled to serve in the National Youth Service Corps in Benin City. Upon completion of the national service, she made a brief start of her teaching career with the then University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo, Nigeria. Between 1985 and 1994 she lectured Nutrition at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. This was interjected when she gained admission into University of Nigeria, Nsukka for a doctoral degree in Human Nutrition in 1989 which she obtained in 1991.
In 1994, she was appointed a Senior Lecturer with the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria and acted as a Head of Department between 1996 and 1998 and rose to the rank of Professor in 2005.
In her desire to be well-grounded in teaching, she gained and obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in 2001 from the University of Benin.
In 2004, Prof. Salami proceeded to the Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa as a post-doctoral fellow which she obtained in 2005.
She has held numerous positions at the prestigious University of Benin, Director of General Studies, Part-time programme and Chairman of the Board of University of Benin Integrated Enterprise.
She has also served as a member in many other committees.
She is the immediate past Dean of the Faculty of Education and was a member of the apex body of the University, the Governing Council.
Prof. Salami has taught numerous undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Home Economics and Nutrition.
She has successfully supervised over 40 masters and 15 PhD students.
She is a fellow of Nutrition Society of Nigeria and International Federation of Home Economics/Home Professional Association of Nigeria.
As an administrator, she has held numerous administrative positions in the University of Benin and currently the Director General/Chief Executive of the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Ondo State.
She has to her credit over 75 peer reviewed articles in national and international Journals.
Outside academic, she is a member of the Advisory Council to his royal majesty, the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Ukukpolokpolo, Ogidigan, Oba Ewuare II.
Prof Lilian Salami has bagged so many awards including the most recent Pan-African Leadership Excellence Award by the African Students’ Union Parliament (ASUP).