Posted by News Express | 19 January 2021 | 714 times
By FELIX UKAH, Abakaliki
After protracted agitation for indigenous Vice Chancellor, Professor Sunday Oge Elom from Ngbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has emerged the Vice Chancellor of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State.
Elom is a Professor of Medical Biochemistry.
About 85 professors were said to have applied for the position.
His appointment was announced through a press statement signed by the Registrar/Secretary of Council Odisa C. Oleke ( Mrs.) on Tuesday, 19th January 2021.
Before his appointment, he was the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics of the institution.
He was born on 5th November 1961 at Ekwashi, Ngbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Nigeria.
He has over 14 years of post professorial and uninterrupted academic and administrative experience in the university system, having bagged his Ph.D. in Medical Biochemistry from the Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki in 2006.
He had a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Molecular Biology from the Vrue University, Brussels, Belgium in 1992 and a First Class Honours’ degree in Biochemistry from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
His journey as an academic scholar started in 1987 when he served as a Research Assistant in the Department of Applied Biology, Anambra State University of Science and Technology (ASUTECH), Enugu campus.
Prof Elom, however, rose through the ranks in different universities in Nigeria and became a professor of Medical Biochemistry in 2006.
The New VC, Elom has published over 50 academic papers in top-tier and high-ranking national and international journals with impact factors.
He has also published many books, book chapters, and monographs as well as many conference papers. More so, he has served as an external examiner and assessor to many universities.
Professor Elom has occupied many administrative positions in the Nigerian university system where he brought his administrative astuteness to bear, ensuring that the vision and goals of the institutions he works for are achieved.
He was first appointed the Head, Department of Medical Biochemistry in 1984 at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) and rose to become the Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences of the same university in 2009.
Later, he became the Dean, Students’ Affairs, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, and the Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences of the same institution in the year 2000 and 2014 respectively.
At the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, he was the Interim Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences from 2012 to 2016 and later a two-term Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic from 2016 to 2020. He has also chaired many important university committees.
Professor Sunday Oge Elom is married to Dr. Chinyere Elom, and they have 4 children. (Daily Independent)
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