Saturday, 12 May 2012

UNILAG VC dies after cardiac arrest.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Babatude Adetokunbo Sofoluwe, has been reported dead having suffered from cardiac arrest.

UPDATE:  The Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Adetokunboh Babatunde Sofoluwe is dead.

Professor Sofoluwe reportedly slumped during a meeting on friday at the Senate Chambers of the institution and was rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, (LUTH) where he was confirmed dead in the early hours of Saturday after efforts to revive him failed.

A Professor of Computer Science, Sofoluwe, 62, was appointed the 10th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos on 31st January, 2010.

Before his appointment as Vice Chancellor, he was the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Management Services) of the institution.

He graduated with a Second Class Upper Division Honours in Special Mathematics in June 1973 from the University of Lagos. During his undergraduate years, he served the prestigious German Scholarship award for Academic Brilliance. He was a pioneer national Youth Corps member in the old South Eastern State of Nigeria.

At the end of the youth Service, he won a Commonwealth Scholarship to Study at Edinburgh University, Scotland. He earned his Master's Degree in 1975 and Doctorate in 1981 from Edinburgh University.

The astute Scholar-Researcher started his teaching career as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Lagos in 1976 and rose steadily through the ranks to become a full Professor in October 1996.

A versatile administrator, Professor Sofoluwe was a two-time Acting Head of the Department of Computer Science from 1989 to 1991 and 1994 to 1996.

He served as Dean of the Faculty of Science between 1998 and 2002. Professor Sofoluwe was elected as a member of the Governing Council of the University of Lagos in 2000, for four years. By virtue of his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), he returned to the Governing Council in August 30, 2006 and has been there till date. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Professor Sofoluwe was the Director of Academics Planning Unit of the University.

On June 6, 2010 he was honoured by CMS Grammar School Old Boys Association as a distinguished Grammarian.

The erudite Scholar has authored and co-authored numerous academic books, manuscripts and articles in several reputable local and international journals. He has supervised several undergraduate and postgraduate projects, including those leading to the award of Doctorate Degrees. He has also acted as external examiner to other universities and institutions which include The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Yaba College of Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, University of Ibadan, Federal University of Technology, Akure, University of Ado-Ekiti and University of Abuja.

Professor Sofoluwe enjoys membership of several professional bodies. He is a Fellow of the Computer Association of Nigeria (COAN), a Fellow of the Computer Professionals of Nigeria (CPN), an Association Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Application (IMA) and a member of the Society for Individual and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

Professor Adetokunbo Babatunde Sofoluwe is the third alumnus to be appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos.
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