Akeredolu appoints Fatusi as UNIMED VC
By Sade Adewale
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has approved the appointment of Prof. Adesegun Olayiwola Fatusi as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Medical Sciences, (UNIMED), Ondo City, Ondo State.
Fatusi replaces the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of institution, Prof. Friday Okonofua, following the successful completion of his tenure.
Fatusi is a Professor of Community Medicine and Public Health who has served in leadership positions within the academia, international research and professional circles, and civil society.
He was a former Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
He also served as the Director of the Institute of Public Health and Head of the Department of Community Health in OAU.
Fatusi has also served as the national team leader for the development of Nigeria’s proposal for funding from the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
He has served on the Governing Board of the National University Commission and the Board of Management of the Obafemi Awolowo University teaching Hospitals Complex.
He has also served as a consultant to several international agencies for almost two decades, including WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNAIDS, World Bank, DFID and USAID
He graduated from OAU in 1987 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree, and with distinction in Community Health and the Lawrence Omole Award for the best graduating student in Community Health.
He won the Federal Government of Nigeria award as the best candidate in the Part I examinations of the Faculty of Public Health, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in 1992.
He graduated from the International Masters of Public Health programme of the Hebrew University, Hadassah, Israel, in 1995 with summa cum laude honours and was the best graduating student.
He obtained the Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians in Community Health in April 1995. He also has a Ph.D. degree in Public Health from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. He was a Packard Gates Population Leadership Fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA between 2001 and 2002 and a Visiting Scholar at the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA, in 2007.