Professor Charles Okechuwku Esimone has been appointed the new Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.
Esimone, a professor of Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Microbiology will take over from from Prof. Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku, in June
The out-going Vice Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ebelendu Ahaneku, who is from Mbaise in Imo State, took over as the Vice-Chancellor from Prof. Boniface Egboka, in June 2014.
Director of Information & Public Relations/ChiefProtocol Officer for the university, Dr. Emmanuel C. Ojukwu, broke the news in a statement.
He disclosed that Prof. Esimone was handed his Appointment Letter as the 6th substantive Vice Chancellor of the university, on Tuesday, by the Governing Council of the university.
According to Ojukwu, the Pro-Chancellor and the Chairman of the Council, Alhaji Azeez Oladotun, disclosed that Prof. Esimone emerged as the new Vice Chancellor through a rigorous and transparent selection process.
“Prof. Esimone emerged the new VC and it comes barely two months after the Deeper Life campus pastor and his wife welcomed four babies, two boys and two girls.
“The couple had welcomed their first son in 2015, after 12 years of barrenness.
No fewer than 10 professors indicated interest in the Vice Chancellorship seat of the prestigious university.
According to the statement advertising the VC post published by the Secretary to the Council and Acting Registrar in early January, the candidate must, inter alia, “be highly distinguished and self-motivated academic of the rank of Professor of not less ten (10) years experience on that rank in a reputable university”.
In addition, the statement stated that the candidate “must not be more than 65 years of age at the time of assumption of office, should be able to serve the full term of five years before attaining the retirement age of 70 years and must be physically and mentally fit.”
A pioneer dean of the faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of UNIZIK, he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) until his latest appointment.