Prof. Owunari A. Georgewill: My Motivation To Step In As Next VC Of Uniport After Prof. Lale

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Prof. Owunari A. Georgewill has stated his preparedness and motivation for the position of Vice Chancellor of University of Port Harcourt after the tenure of Prof. Ndowa Lale.

Prof. Owunari A. Georgewill who hails from Abonnema, Rivers State, holds an upper division second class honours Bachelor of Medical Sciences in Pharmacology, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Master of Science in Pharmacology and a Doctorate of Medicine in Pharmacology and Toxicology among other qualifications.
He is a Professor of Pharmacology, a researcher, an administrator and an academic.

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Prof. Owunari stated that in consonance with the act establishing the University of Port Harcourt 1979 No. 84 as amended, Section 1 subsection 8(1-2), the Vice Chancellor is responsible for the academic administrative and financial affairs of the University.

He state, “I have by virtue of my membership for four years (2013-2017) of the governing council of Uniport, which is the highest decision making body on governance of the university, played significant role in the affairs of Uniport.

Prof. Owunari said, “prior to serving as member of council, I also served as Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences of Niger Delta University (2010-2011), I have served as Deputy Provost of the College of Health Sciences of Uniport (2012-2015) as well as Associate Dean, Students Affairs (2000-2006) and acting Head of Department of Pharmacology (2006-2008).

“My services in all these positions stated above were in all modesty, exceptional and the results well documented”, he stated.

Prof. Owunari said currently he is one of the most experienced leaders in Uniport, “with over 14 years of senior management experience, University governance and boardroom experience, I am with all sense of humility one of the most experienced University leaders currently.”

Prof. Owunari A. Georgewill stated other capacities he has been trusted to serve as; Finance and general purpose committee of council, campus security committee of council, Appeals committee of council, Board of Cordec,/University Bottling Company, Chairman/member of senate ad-hoc committees, chairman board of UDPS, Chairman Post graduate verification committee, Member Board of the graduate school.

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Others are; Chairman Departmental Graduate Board, Chairman/member of faculty boards, member of university senate since 2010, member board of the college of health sciences Uniport and NDU, Chairman/member of Nigeria University Commission accreditation terms to universities, resource person to Nigerian Senate on Education summit, consultant to senate committee on education, member of panel on Commonwealth scholarship plan of Federal ministry of education, Honourable commissioner on Rivers State Commission of Enquiry, experience in monitoring quality in higher educational institution and so on.

Prof. Owunari believes that these experiences will definitely come in handy in ensuring that the quality of University of Port Harcourt as an Ivory Tower of high repute is never compromised.

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