University of Guyana’s next Vice Chancellor tipped

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University of Guyana’s next Vice Chancellor tipped     

Written by Denis Scott Chabrol   – Demerara Waves
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 11:28

Dr. Jacob Opadeyi   (right)

The University of Guyana’s next Vice Chancellor could very well be Nigeria-born Dr. Jacob Opadeyi if the institution’s Council accepts a recommendation by the interviewing panel, well-placed sources said Tuesday.

“What I can tell you is that the decision was unanimous,” an official told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com).

A selection panel is expected to submit the ‘winning’ candidate’s name in its report to the wider council on Wednesday December 12. The Council, which is the final decision-making, could either accept or reject the recommendation by the selection panel.  

The report would also include the mechanism that was used to select Opadeyi from a field four shortlisted applicants. A news conference could be held by Thursday to formally announce Opadeyi’s selection. He is currently based at the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).

The others who were shortlisted were Dr. Rory Fraser, Dr. Jaipaul Singh and Dr. Muniram Boodhoo–all Guyanese nationals and overseas tenured academics.

Opadeyi holds a  Ph.D in Surveying and Engineering and an Executive Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

A source close to the selection panel was “inspired by the fact that he (Opadeyi) is having a more business-oriented approach towards the management of the university.”

Officials hope that UG would be on the road to recovery with Opadeyi’s appointment, the findings and recommendations of a Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to improve the governance structure of the institution, and a Parliamentary Select Committee’s consideration of a petition to the National Assembly by students, staff and other interested parties.

Professor Lawrence Carrington, before demitting the Vice Chancellorship in February, had said that UG was plagued by a poor and archaic governance structure and low salaries.

UG’s workers unions have been demanding an end to the stacking of the Council with political operatives and replacing them with academics and professionals.

MIGHTY  CHALKDUST   TRY OBEAH

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