The Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) has appointed Professor Nnenna Oti as a new Vice-Chancellor to succeed the outgoing one, Professor Francis Eze.
The new VC, Nnenna emerged top with 75.5 points to beat six other candidates. Her closest rival was Professor Ikechukwu Dozie who scored 69.7 points.
Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Professor John Offem announced her appointment as the new VC Tuesday night after a day-long selection and interview of the seven candidates that scaled through the initial selection process.
According to John there were a total of 29 applications at the initial stage and only seven emerged after the final selection.
Professor Nnenna Nnannaya Oti is a Professor of Soil Science and Environmental Conservation and currently on her second tenure as Dean of Post-Graduate School.
She is a three-time Head of Department of Soil Science and Technology in the School of Agricultural and Agriculture Technology (SAAT) and the immediate past chairman, Gender Policy Unit.
She holds a Bachelor of Agriculture degree (B.Agric) in Soil Science from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN); (First Class Honours), Masters in Soil Science (Soil Biology and Biochemistry Option), UNN; a Postgraduate Diploma in Irrigation Engineering (Distinction) from Katholic University Leuven, Belgium and capped her academic laurels with a PhD in Soil and Environmental Conservation from FUTO.
Nnenna has over 34 years in academics, teaching research and administration in the Nigerian university system with international exposure. She has had hands-on experience working as a consultant to the government and private sector and various times in diverse capacities ranging from TETFund, Anambra, Imo River Basin Development Authority, and National Biotechnology Development Agency etc.
She has over 65 academic papers, 40 seminar and workshop papers, edited a handbook, 50 public lectures and over 10 technical reports for the Federal government of Nigeria.
Oti was born on 15 November 1958 in Afikpo North, Ebonyi State, is married to Dr Nnannaya Oti and they are blessed with children.
Until her new appointment as the VC, Oti was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic.