On February 26, the top echelon of the University gathered at Jabbama Restaurant to celebrate Dr. Charles Nche’s demonstrable leadership at the School of Graduate Studies whose restructuring began in the fall of 2017.
An industry icon in the area of telecommunications and wireless, Dr. Nche served as the graduate school dean from 2014 until the spring semester of 2018, having taken over from Economics Professor John Leonard. Dr. Nche has now returned fully to SITC.
The restructuring plan, according to the VP of Academic Affairs and Provost Prof. Muhammadou Kah at the Appreciation luncheon for Dr. Nche, is to improve the graduate programs within the various schools.
“So, you should be more involved with Master’s and PhD programs in SITC and to bring to the dean, program coordinators, and department chairs the vast knowledge you have with your interaction and exchanges with graduate students so that some of the challenges that they faced before will be a thing of the past. We are going to form a very strong advisory council for the Graduate School, and I certainly see you playing a role in there. And we will be calling on you to lend your voice.”
VP Byron Bullock said the former dean developed the courage to adjust to the challenge of establishing an American-style university in Nigeria.
“I have always appreciated that Charles is the kind of person who can be flexible. He has been patient in doing a lot to get many of those programs off the ground in many different directions.”
Dean Oladejo Olowu of the School of Law encouraged Dr. Nche to remain enthusiastic about all his callings at AUN.
Dr. Nche responded to the flood of commendations and attributed the success of his tenure to the support he received from his team members. He thanked President Dekle and Provost Kah, adding that he was collecting his appreciation certificate for the whole team. He also thanked the senior management for their kind and inspirational words. He will continue to be at the service of the university.
“I am here and available, and I will be supportive as I have always been.”
Dr. Nche was presented with a certificate and a special gift card from President Dekle, which Prof. Kah said is to appreciate his hard work, commitment, and contribution to the university.
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa