The Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has approved the appointment of a new Vice-chancellor for the Institution. He is Professor Idowu Bamitale Omole, and the appointment takes effect from June 24, 2011.
The Council made the announcement after its meeting on Saturday, 14th May 2011. By this development, Professor ‘Tale Omole becomes the 10th Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Born in September 7, 1954 at Oye-Ekiti in Ekiti State, Professor Omole attended Methodist High School, Ilesa between 1966 and 1971 and Government College Ibadan between 1971 and 1973 respectively for his Secondary Education He was, thereafter, admitted to University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University in September 1973 and graduated with Second Class Bachelor of Arts (B.A) History (Hons.) in 1976 before proceeding to the prestigious University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France where he had his Ph.D. (International Relations) in June 1986.
Professor Omole joined the services of the University as an Assistant Lecturer in December 1986 and rose through the ranks to become a Professor of International Relations on October 1, 2000. He has also held several Management positions, including Head, Department of International Relations from August 1996 to July 1998; and Dean, Faculty of Administration from 2006-2008. He was also Deputy Director, Office of Linkages and Sponsored Research. He was, between 2006 and 2008 a Member, Governing Board of Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Badagry, Nigeria and Member, Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University from 2005-2009.
Professor Bamitale Omole has made significant contributions to the development of the University as a member of Strategic Planning Committee and the Advancement Office Committee. In addition, he was part of the University team that wrote the Proposal that won the $8 million Carnegie Corporation Grant of New York for the University. Additionally, Prof. Omole was also part of the team that wrote the proposal that won the World Bank Step-B Grant for the University. At various times, he was a Visiting Lecturer at the Foreign Service Academy and has been an External Examiner to many Nigerian Universities for many years.
Professor Omole, in the course of his academic career, has traveled to many countries of the world to attend conferences, workshops and establish partnership and academic linkages on behalf of the University.
He has also, in the course of his illustrious career, secured grants and fellowships for some academic members of staff and trained over 250 members of staff in research methodology and grantmanship. He was also pivotal in the compilation of the current University Alumni Data Base from 1965 to date.
Professor Omole has remained active in research and since 2009 has been the Nigerian Coordinator of the multinational project on Conflict Resolution between OAU, Ile-Ife, Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya and King’s College, London.
Professor Omole has over 52 published articles in both national and international journals. He has also supervised over six M.Sc. theses, several MIR theses and ONE Ph.D, thesis in the course of his eventful academic career.
Professor Bamitale Omole is happily married with children.