The Governing Council of the LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, has taken a significant step forward in its leadership structure.
The council has recently appointed the renowned Professor of Art and Art History, Razaq Olatunde Rom Kalilu, as the new Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Institution for six months.
Profile of the New Acting Vice-Chancellor
Professor Razaq Olatunde Rom Kalilu is a well-established art and historical figure. He joined the services of LAUTECH on September 1, 1992.
He was pronounced a Professor of Arts and Arts History in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, twenty-four years ago on October 1, 1999. His term as Acting Vice-Chancellor will commence on June 12, 2023.
Kalilu, an alumnus of the prestigious University of Ife and the University of Ibadan, is a polymath and specialist in Form and Material Technology.
In addition to his expertise in Painting, Digital, and Electronic Arts, Kalilu boasts an extensive career spanning advertising, primary, secondary, college of education, and polytechnic education systems before joining LAUTECH.
Kalilu’s contribution to scholarship and art practice is substantial, with many groundbreaking achievements to his name.
His pioneering work includes developing Nigeria’s first B.Tech degree programme in Fine and Applied Arts in 1992 and the country’s first curricula for postgraduate diplomas and Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the studio.
He also pioneered the inclusion of Digital Art in the tertiary education curriculum in Nigeria and originated Form and Material Technology in Fine Art.
Notably, Professor Kalilu has a record of training Nigeria’s first deaf Art Historian (2004), producing Nigeria’s first M.Tech degrees in Drawing (2011) and Communication Design (2015).
He also produced Nigeria’s first PhDs in Environmental and Industrial Sculpture (2012) and Ceramics and Glass (2015) and the first global PhD in Form and Material Technology in Fine Art (2014).
He became Nigeria’s first Military Artist with a PhD (2017).
Far from being an academic alone, Kalilu is also an experienced administrator. He has held various positions, including;
Vice President of the Fine Arts Students Association; Branch and Zonal Chairman of SSATHURAI; Head of Department; Dean of Faculty; Chairman, Committee of Deans; Chairman, Committee of Deans and Provosts; and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of LAUTECH.
In recognition of his accomplishments, Professor Kalilu is one of the few scholars consistently invited to participate in the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education University Rankings for the past seven years.
Accolades and Awards
Professor Rom Kalilu’s achievements have earned him several international awards, including the Gold Medal in the 1978-1979 All-Africa Painting Contest and the National Arts Wizard Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Art History in 1997.
He also won the Outstanding People of the 20th Century Outstanding Achievement Medal in 2000. He is a Fellow of the Society of Nigerian Artists and a member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists.
A Promising Tenure
With this appointment, LAUTECH is poised to leverage Professor Kalilu’s vast experience and achievements to foster growth and continue its tradition of excellence.
The university community is enthusiastic about the insights and leadership the new Acting Vice-Chancellor will bring. His appointment marks a promising new chapter in the story of this esteemed institution.
The Governing Council of the LAUTECH selection marks a significant milestone for the University.
LAUTECH will be well positioned for success in the coming years with an experienced leader, Professor Kalilu. as it moves forward with its mission to provide high-quality education in Oyo State.
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