Prof Adelani Ogunrinade was born 56 years ago in Nigeria. He had his University
education at the University of Ibadan and graduated in Veterinary Medicine obtaining
Distinctions in Medicine, Surgery and Parasitology in 1974. He won the University
of Ibadan Prize for Postgraduate Studies, the DH Hill Prize in Veterinary Medicine
and the Coomassie Prize for Overall Best Student-all in 1974.
He was immediately appointed Lecturer 11 in the Department of Veterinary Pathology
in 1975. He proceeded to the London Schoool of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
, UK where he obtained a Master’s degree in Medical Parasitology bagging
another Distinction in 1977, thereby becoming the first African to obtain a
Distinction in that subject in the history of the school.
He obtained another Master’s degree in Applied Immunology at the Brunel
University at Uxbridge in 1978 and a PhD in Medical Helminthology in the London
School of Tropical Medicine (University of London) in 1982.
In 1984, he was awarded the prestigious Fogarty Fellowship to proceed to Harvard
School of Public Health, Boston USA for postdoctoral studies and there , he
worked on the use of monoclonal antibodies in immunoassays for the detection
of Onchocerca volvulus antigens. Onchocerca volvulus is a worm that causes blindness
in 3million Africans. Upon his return to Nigeria, he was promoted Professor
in 1985 at the age of 35 at the University of Ibadan- Nigeria’s premier
He has had wide and varied administrative experience- having been Head of Department
(1986-88), Dean of the Graduate School, University of Ibadan (1990-94) and Senate
representative on Council at Ibadan (1995-97). He was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor
for Academic affairs at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa in 1997,
holding the office between 1997-2001 at the time of transformation and academic
restructuring of the University.
His service as Dean of Graduate School at Ibadan was characterized by great
strides such as the fundraising for the provision of the MKO Abiola Travel awards
for staff and students to attend conferences, the institution of multidisciplinary
grants and the erection of two administrative buildings within the period of
his 4 year tenure. At Wits, one of his major achievements is that he led the
postgraduate studies best practice tour to Australia, UK and US which produced
the blue print for the establishment of 3 graduate schools at Wits. He was also
the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Faculties of Health Sciences, Commerce,
Law and Education.
He was Associate Vice –President at the University of Technology, Jamaica
between 2002 and 2006 and was responsible for innovative capacity building programmes
in research and graduate studies, the introduction of research and graduate
policies, the introduction of awards and incentives for research and innovation
and the production of the University journal at the university . He was appointed
Vice-Chancellor at the National University of Lesotho in December 2006.
An accomplished academic, Professor Ogunrinade has published widely (75 refereed
articles and 30 conference proceedings, 2 book chapters and an edited book)
on the pathogenesis and immunology of parasitic diseases especially on river
blindness (onchocerciasis ) in man and liver fluke (fascioliasis ) in livestock
He has also published about 12 articles on Higher Education.. He has supervised
8 PhD and 4 Masters students. Prof Ogunrinade has been a recipient of several
honors, awards and grants including the Thomas-Wellcome Prize for Biomedical
research in 1992, the Association of University Technology Managers Award for
Technology professionals (2005) and the International Society for Research Administrators
(SRA) Certificate of Achievement (2005).
He is married and has children. His hobbies include Watching and Playing Tennis
and Soccer, Reading and Writing. Prof Ogunrinade joins NUL at a time of deep
anxiety on the strategic directions of the University.
His mission at NUL is to promote academic excellence , rekindle a sense of
community and provide leadership in reinventing the University.
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