CU Appoints Chinedu as Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Covenant University’s apex decision making body, the Board of Regents, has appointed Professor Shalom Chinedu as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the university.
The Secretary to the Board of Regents, Pastor Chioma Okwuanyi, announced Chinedu’s appointment on Monday July 25, 2016 at the Opening Assembly held to usher in the 2016/2017 academic session of Covenant University.
The Assembly, which had the university’s management team, members of Faculty and Staff in attendance, also featured the unveiling of Professor Aderemi Atayero as the new Vice-Chancellor of the institution.
Pastor Okwuanyi, who represented the Chairman, Board of Regents, and Chancellor of Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo, enjoined Professor Chinedu to join hands with Professor Atayero in achieving set objectives.
Chinedu, who replaces Professor Taiwo Abioye, was until his new appointment the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies. The Professor of Biochemistry had also served in various offices including the Dean, College of Science and Technology; Director, Vice-Chancellor's office; Director, Quality Assurance and Academic Standards; Sub-Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies; and Head, Department of Biological Sciences.
He has been actively engaged in teaching, research, mentoring, and community service in the tertiary institution since 1992. His current research interests include production of cellulolytic enzymes, bio-fertilizers, fermentation substrates, and other valuable products from solid wastes; production and molecular characterization of protein sweeteners from African tropical plants, and identification of essential metabolic reactions and potential drug targets of Trypanosoma brucei. He is also a supervisor, examiner and assessor of Postgraduate theses/dissertations.
Professor Chinedu is the leader of ‘Covenant University Public Health and Well-being Research Group (CUPHWERG)’, an interdisciplinary research group working together with the University’s Community Development Impact Initiative Committee to raise the health and living standards of local communities.
He has published several research articles in reputable peer-reviewed journals and presented papers at local and international conferences/symposia. He belongs to several professional bodies including the Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB), Nigerian Society of Experimental Biology, Parasitology and Public Health Society of Nigeria (PPSN), International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB), Foundation for African Development through International Biotechnology (FADIP) and Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (IPAN).