A female Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lilian Imuetinyan Salami has been appointed for the University of Benin UNIBEN.
The Public Relations Officer of the University of Benin UNIBEN, Mr. Michael Osasuyi, confirmed the appointment.
She will take over from the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Faraday Osasere Orumwense, who will bow out at the end of November.
Mrs. Salami, a Professor of Home Economics/Nutritional Education and Nutrition, becomes the second ever female Vice Chancellor of UNIBEN after Prof. Alele William, a Professor of Mathematics.
Born in Jos, Plateau State on August 8, 1956, Prof. Salami, (nee Emovon), hails from Benin.
Her early schooling started in Jos but was truncated by the Nigerian Civil War. She later completed her primary and secondary education in Edo State.
She obtained her West African School Certificate (O’ levels) from Baptist High School, Benin City.
She proceeded to the University’s of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Campus, United States of America, in 1975. She had her summer schooling in the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. She later transferred to North Dakota State University, Fargo after she got married in 1977, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in 1979 in Home Economics and Master’s degree in Nutrition in 1982.
She returned to Nigeria in 1983 and enrolled to serve in the National Youth Service Corps in Benin City.
Upon completion of the national service, she made a brief start of her teaching career with the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University).
Between 1985 and 1994, she lectured Nutrition at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.
This was interjected when she gained admission into University of Nigeria, Nsukka for a doctoral degree in Human Nutrition in 1989 which she obtained in 1991.
In 1994, she was appointed a Senior Lecturer with the University of Benin, and acted as a Head of the Department, between 1996 and 1998. She rose to the rank of Professor in 2005.
In 2004, Prof. Salami proceeded to the Vaal University of Technology, South Africa as a Post-Doctoral fellow which she obtained in 2005.
She has held numerous positions at the prestigious University’s, namely, Director of General Studies, Part-Time programme and Chairman of the Board of University of Benin Integrated Enterprise. She has also served as a member in many other committees.