UG Council approves Dr Opadeyi as New Vice Chancellor

UG Council approves Dr Opadeyi as New Vice Chancellor

DECEMBER 13, 2012 | BY KNEWS |

Dr Jacob Opadeyi

Dr Jacob Opadeyi

Nigerian-born Dr Jacob Opadeyi has been officially named Vice Chancellor to the University of Guyana. The announcement came after a Council meeting at the University yesterday which saw the Trinidad-based lecturer being approved at the level of the Council for the high-profile position.

Since Friday December 7, a Search Committee had identified Dr Opadeyi as the best suited candidate for the post from a list of four who were shortlisted.       

He will effectively fill the void left by former Vice Chancellor Professor Lawrence Carrington who proceeded on end-of-contract leave on February 6, 2012. Carrington had assumed duty at the University on April 1, 2009.      
This publication was informed that the decision will be formally announced today at a press conference.

Dr Opadeyi’s selection was made by the University’s Search Committee made up of a total of seven individuals, including representatives of the Government, Opposition, the University and the Education Ministry. However, that Committee did not have the final say on the appointment but rather the University’s Council which yesterday approved the selection.

Reports reaching this publication subsequent to the selection were that the choice of the 59-year-old lecturer had raised concern among many at the Turkeyen Campus, despite him being the holder of laudable credentials. Dr Opadeyi holds a Ph.D in Surveying and Engineering and an Executive Masters in Business Administration.

“He cannot offer the University anything and if his appointment is approved it would mean that those responsible do not have the university’s best interest at heart,” said one official who requested anonymity.

The award-winning Dr Opadeyi was among the four shortlisted from a list of 19 individual who had applied for the post.  There are concerns that the Search Committee might have overlooked one of the most suitable candidates for the position in the person of Dr Jaipaul Singh of the University of Central Lancashire. Also shortlisted were Dr Muniram Boodhoo and Dr Rory Fraser, both of whom, along with Dr Singh, are Guyanese nationals and overseas-tenured academics.
The process of selection for the new Vice Chancellor has been touted as one of the most thorough in the 49-year history of the local university.

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  • wycs  On 12/13/2012 at 4:27 pm

    Congrats to Dr Jacob Opadeyi on his new appointment as VC at University of Guyana. I hope the University will now be a top graded one for the eyes of the world to know and see AND that NO Politics will be involved at any time. Let the University continue to run itself and do not look forward to Govt Assistance.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 12/14/2012 at 9:45 am

    The seven individuals who obviously voted for a Nigerian Lecturer to be the next VC of the UG obviously forgot the history of this Great Institution that was referred to in Hansard as Dr Jagan’s Night School by the then Finance Minister Mr Peter D’Aguair in the 60’s. The seven Candidates so short listed must have been all suitably qualified for the jod. In the Caribbean because of the politics that is being practised it in not a matter of any qualification but it is the FACE that you put to such an esteemed position. This Nigerian did not stand a chance in UWI where he lectures and so Mr Singh could not make it neither the six other Guyanese Nationals. They should seek a REVIEW of this DECISION and lets see the Questions and answers along with the Mark Sheet for each interview.
    It is also true that the Late Prof. Hogbenfrom the Department of English in the U of South Africa was the man who Jagan asked to set up UG then. A review must take place now!

    • Thinker  On 12/16/2012 at 2:32 am

      What absolute hogwash! The University of Guyana was lucky to have a very distinguished person as its first Vice-Chancellor in Prof. Lancelot Hogben. His wikipedia entry can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lancelot_Hogben
      Such misleading of the general public is unforgiveable. Nothing to do with the English Department of any University in South Africa!

      Making an issue of the new VC’s nationality is pointless. What is the point of asking for a review on that basis! Sheer idiocy.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 12/17/2012 at 6:01 am

    We are each entitled to our views no matter how ignomous those may be. You have had your say and so have I. Now Congrats to the Nigerian Prof and VC and may he recieve the cooperation of all the Administrative staff of that UG. There is always a second in line. We see it all the time. Miss Universe also has a second and first runner up! Good luck professor!

  • Thinker  On 12/17/2012 at 10:46 am

    We are not entitled to our own facts, though.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 12/20/2012 at 11:15 am

    Thank you for reminding me of the Prof first name Lancelot Hogben. Did you also attend UG in those days of political turmoil. One day will certainly come when we shall have a Guyanese national to fill this very important post at UG. Ramkarran was the first Registrar of UG in those turbulent years.We must all be proud of this UG that has trained graduates for all of the Caribbean since 1960. Pharmacists, Agriculturalists, Economists and thinkers among them for the region at a time when one could not afford to go to UK, USA or Canada for a Tertiary Education. We must remember the Intellectual and Educational Plan and foresight of Cheddi when we think of the formal years of UG. God bless all the Graduates and Guyana. T&T only 5 years ago decided to establish the UTT. inspite of a UWI Campus in ST. Augustine. Vision and Intellectual Capacity must accompany the Politics of the day or else it will be Doom’s Day for us all!

    • Thinker  On 12/22/2012 at 12:13 am

      YES, All Guyanese must be thankful that Cheddi had the foresight to create the University and give many a chance to do further studies in a variety of disciplines at little cost. Night School it might have been but we hail the personal sacrifices and determination of the many who persevered.

      Without this opportunity the world would be deprived of the services of experts in every field. Too bad that Guyana could not employ us all. I think it was Mr. David Karran who was the first Registrar.

      Let all Guyana live up to the Humanist vision of Cheddi Jagan!

  • Cheryl Karran  On 02/13/2013 at 8:31 pm

    Yes David Karran, my father was the first Registrar of the University of Guyana from its inception until 1982 when he was appointed Deputy Permanent Representative of Guyana to the United Nations

    • Shamnarine Persaud  On 01/20/2014 at 5:58 pm

      Mr. David Karran was a good man and only now I know but that’s life. At UG he also had a wonderful assistant in 1965 Ms. Audrey Chase- if you know her please let me know. They helped UG to grow and produce good students. God bless you all and family. Shamanarine Persaud

  • Observer  On 02/13/2013 at 10:36 pm

    Mr. David Karran died, his funeral will be on the 16th Feb 2013 in NY

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