Makinde Appoints Prof Kalilu as Substantive Vice-Chancellor of LAUTECH

4th June 2024

The Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has approved the appointment of Professor Razaq Olatunde Rom Kalilu as the substantive Vice-Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.

This is contained in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for
Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Salihu Adelabu and made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Tuesday.

The statement stated further that Prof. Kalilu
was to serve as a substantive vice-chancellor for a single term of five years with effect from 12th June, 2024.

He said that the government looked forward to his hard work, diligence, and professionalism in realizing its mission for the institution.

Prof Kalilu, is a well-established figure in the world of art and art history.

He joined the service of LAUTECH on September 1, 1992 and was pronounced a professor of Arts and Arts History in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, 24 years ago on October 1, 1999 and was appointed
as acting vice-chancellor 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.

His administrative skills and leadership experiences are intense, integrous and ambidextrous.

Among the numerous academic leadership positions he held are Head of Department of Fine and Applied Arts from 1998 to 2003; Dean of Faculty of Environmental Sciences from 2003 to 2006 and again from 2012 to 2016; chairman, Committee of Deans, 2004; and from 2004 to 2006, the chairman, Committee of Deans and Provosts. He was also the deputy vice-chancellor of LAUTECH between 2006 and 2008.

Professor Kalilu is a recipient of many national and international prizes and awards, which include the Gold Medal in the 1978 – 1979 All Africa Painting Contest; elected membership of the New York Academy of Sciences in recognition of his contributions to science and technology; merit prize in International Postage Stamp Design Contest in 1997; the Outstanding People of the 20th Century Outstanding Achievement Medal in 2000; and the 20th Century Achievement Award in 2001.

His other prizes and awards include his selection as one of the 1000 Leaders of World Influence for the 21st century in year 2000, and the distinguished and exceptional Universal Award of Accomplishment in 2000.

He also received the Development in Nigeria Merit Award in 2006.

Professor Rom Kalilu is a member of several academic and intellectual organizations which include the Australian Ceramic Society, and the International Association of Astronomical Artists and he is a Fellow of the Society of Nigerian Artists.

Prof Kalilu, a Justice of the Peace of Oyo State hails from Ogbomoso and is married with children.