The Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lagos (UNILAG), has elected Professor Gloria Abiodun Ayoola to pilot its affairs for the next two years.
Ayoola replaces Professor Ronke Adepoju-Bello, whose tenure ended on 31 July, 2023. The new dean was elected alongside Dr Foluke Ayeni as the sub-dean, on 20 June.
Prior to her election, Ayoola had presented a seven-point agenda in her manifesto. The agenda includes prioritising staff welfare, training and development; providing an alternative source of electricity to improve staff productivity; creating a conducive teaching and learning environment for lecturers and students; and improving staff-students’ interaction.
Others are: improving the relationship between the faculty and alumni, especially those in diaspora; establishment of, at least, one ISO certificate laboratory within the faculty; as well as adopting a leadership style that is open and transparent, enabling the faculty to adapt to change as and when needed.
“My area of focus is to create a conducive environment for learning, by initiating the development of a new faculty building and ensuring constant power supply, so that research activities can thrive”, Ayoola told Pharmanews in an interview.
The new dean also called on all alumni of the faculty to partner with her administration. “We are calling on all our alumni, home and abroad, to partner with us in this regard so we can all have a faculty that we can be proud of,”Ayoola said.
Until she assumed the deanship position, Ayoola had held various positions in the faculty. She has been a member of the Publication Vetting Committee since 2022. She was the Chairman of the 2nd Faculty of Pharmacy Scientific Conference (2021-2023).
Ayoola had also served as head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry for two terms, which ran from August 2009 to July 2011 and August 2016 to 2018. She was also the chairman of the Departmental Curriculum Review Committee from 2014 to 2017.