In a momentous stride towards academic excellence, Venite University, Iloro Ekiti, Nigeria, welcomes the distinguished Professor Cecilia Olufunke Akintayo as the newest member of its esteemed Governing Council. Professor Akintayo, a luminary in the realm of Industrial Chemistry, brings to this role over two decades of administrative prowess and an illustrious academic journey.
Akintayo’s academic voyage commenced at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, where she earned her degree in Industrial Chemistry. Subsequently, she pursued her passion with unwavering determination, attaining both her Master’s and PhD degrees in the same discipline from the prestigious University of Ibadan.
Her teaching odyssey ignited at the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, where she served as an Assistant Lecturer between 2005 and 2008. Demonstrating her exceptional zeal for research, she crossed to Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti as Lecturer I in 2008. There she continued to impart knowledge and got promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer.
In 2012, Professor Akintayo’s journey of academic excellence led her to the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, where she joined as a Senior Lecturer. Her unwavering commitment to her field saw her rise to the rank of Associate Professor in the same year and, in 2016, she reached the zenith of her academic career by becoming a full professor of Industrial Chemistry.
Professor Akintayo’s achievements extend far beyond the classroom. She is a distinguished member of various Professional Institutes, including the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria, the Chemical Society of Nigeria, the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, and the American Chemical Society. Her global influence is underscored by her positions as a Research Fellow in prestigious institutions like the Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowship (AVH) of Germany and the Schlumberger Faculty for the Future (FFF) in the Netherlands.
Her impact is also felt through numerous research grants and awards, such as the International Foundation for Science (IFS) grant in Stockholm, Sweden, the AVH equipment subsidy grant, and the TETfund Research Grant in Nigeria. These accolades underscore her commitment to advancing the frontiers of knowledge.
In the realm of academia, Professor Akintayo is a prolific author, contributing to various International journals and publications. Her multifaceted talents have led her to occupy senior management positions, with her most recent role being the Provost of the Postgraduate School at Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State between 2022 and August 31, 2023.
As Venite University proudly welcomes Professor Cecilia Olufunke Akintayo to its Governing Council, it celebrates her as a beacon of academic excellence, a researcher par excellence, and an inspiring leader in the field of Industrial Chemistry. Her appointment heralds a new era of growth and innovation for the institution, underpinned by her unwavering commitment to education and research.
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