By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Senate of the University of Jos, on Friday elected Professor Gray Goziem Ejikeme as the Acting Vice- Chancellor of the university.
Professor Ejikeme, a professor of Clinical Psychology and Social Work was elected by Senate of the university at its emergency meeting on Friday to replace Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako whose single five-year tenure expires next week.
New Nigerian gathered that the need to get a new Vice- Chancellor for the university became necessary to avoid a leadership vacuum in the institution.
Ejikeme is the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Administration) of the University. Ejikeme, who served the University in many capacities would succed Professor Sebastian Maimako on 23rd June this year.
Ejikeme is to act as Acting Vice Chancellor of the university until a substantive VC emerges.
The new acting VC is is a graduate of Psychology B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Lagos.
He obtained the PGDE, M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology, a Masters of Science Degree in Social Work (MSSW) and PhD from the University of Jos among a host of other academic and professional certificates.
Ejikeme was awarded Fellow of the Nigerian Psychological Association (FNPA) in November, 2014 and was honored with an Award of Excellence in Service to Humanity by the Nigeria Association of Social Workers (NASoW) in recognition of his numerous work to promote Social Work Profession and practice in Nigeria among many other Professional accolades.
The Don started his teaching career with the University of Jos in 1986 where he began teaching psychologically-oriented Sociology and Social Work Courses in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences.
He has held several academic and administrative positions including Head of Department, Sociology; Head of Department, General and Applied Psychology; Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences; Chairman, Committee of Deans and Directors and Senate Representative on the 13th Governing Council, University of Jos among others.