Folasade Ogunsola, a Professor of Microbiology, has emerged the 13th Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

The scholar has now made history as she emerged as the first female VC of the institution established in 1962.

Ogunsola’s reign will commence after the current VC, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, leaves office on November 11.

Her contenders were Professors Abayomi Akinyeye, Department of History, Faculty of Arts; Mathew Ilori and Adeyinka Adekunle – Department of Microbiology, and Botany, Faculty of Sciences. Timothy Nubi, Department of Estate Management, Faculty of Environmental Sciences; Imran Smith, Faculty of Law; Ayo Olowe, Department of Finance, Faculty of Management Sciences.

The 64-year-old scholar is a consultant clinical microbiologist and infection control for the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

The incoming VC holds a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology, an MSc in Medical Microbiology with Distinction, Diploma in Biomedical Techniques from the University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff.

Ogunsola was also Acting Vice Chancellor of the UNILAG for a short duration in 2020 when the University was in crisis as a result of the removal of the Vice Chancellor by the University Council.

She was the pioneer and only female Provost of the University’s College of Medicine.

She has been a governing council member for three terms, the only individual with such several years in the body.

Ogunsola has received several awards from local and international organizations, has 142 publications and co-authored four books.

The decorated don has supervised or co-supervised eight doctoral students and 61 master’s students.

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