A total of 19 candidates are jostling for the Vice-Chancellorship seat of the University of Jos, an official has confirmed. Mr. Abdullahi Abdullahi, the institution’s Assistant Registrar (Information and Public Relations), told reporters in Jos on Tuesday that the eventual appointee would replace Prof. Hayward Mafuyai, whose tenure would end in June.
“Nineteen professors applied for the job. The screening by the selection committee started last week,” he said.
According to him, the selection board will recommend three of the candidates to the university’s governing board. Abdullahi told reporters that majority of the applicants were from the university community, while others were from other institutions. The job was advertised in December 2015.
Among other things, the candidate to be appointed must be a highly distinguished scholar of the rank of Professor of not less than five years’ experience, and not less than 50 years old.
Other conditions, according to the advertorial for the job, included wide administrative and managerial experience and the capacity to lead a university.
“The candidate must also exhibit entrepreneurial drive and ability to attract funds and endowment, and must also be able to mobilize other resources for the development of the university,” the advertorial further stated.