OAU Advertisement for Appointment of Registrar

By June 1, 2023, the position of Registrar of Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, will be vacant. In compliance with the requirements of the amended Obafemi Awolowo University Law, the Council of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, desires to initiate the process for the appointment of a new Registrar for the University.

Consequently, applications from appropriately qualified applicants are hereby solicited for the post in question. Applicants are asked to take note of the following information:


The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, was founded in 1961 as The University of Ife by the Western Region of Nigeria. In 1987, the Federal Government of Nigeria renamed the University after Chief Obafemi Awolowo, a prominent Nigerian statesman and one of the University’s founding fathers. The Federal Government of Nigeria seized control of the University in August 1975. The University is set on 11,861 hectares of land in Ile-Ife, Osun State, in the southwest of Nigeria.

The vision of the University’s founders was to construct an institution devoted to the advancement of education and culture. The objective was to establish an institution for training multi-skilled, high-level professionals. The emphasis was placed on the creation of teaching and research facilities that would be used to provide answers to national development issues.

Over the years, the University has remained a known centre of expertise. The ‘most beautiful’ campus south of Sub-Saharan Africa has produced Nobel Laureate and National Merit Award winners, as well as pioneered the invention of new technology suited to addressing some of society’s current concerns. At its founding, Obafemi Awolowo University had 244 students enrolled; as of the 2021/2022 academic year, that number has increased to 34,036. In addition, the University, which began with a staff of 94, has expanded to employ 4,000 people, including 1,365 academic staff and 2,635 non-teaching staff.


  • The University Registrar is a Principal Officer and the Chief Administrative Officer of the University, who is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the day-to-day administration of the University except for financial matters which fall within the purview of the Bursar. The Registrar is also the Secretary to the Council, Senate, Convocation, Congregation and other statutory bodies as defined by the University Laws. He/ She shall also perform all other duties assigned to him/ her by the Council and/or the Vice-Chancellor from time to time. 
  • The Registrar shall hold office for a period of five years from the effective date of his/her appointment and on such terms and conditions as may be specified in the letter of appointment. 


The person who will be Registrar, given the complexity and scientific nature of the administrative processes of a 21st Century University, must not only be a goal-getter, but must also be able to show drive, exceptional initiative, great ability for institutional networking with the outside world and must have a suave mien that typifies a 21st Century world-class University. 


The ideal candidate must possess a university degree not lower than a Second Class (Lower Division) and a Masters degree. He/she must also have spent at least twenty (20) years relevant administrative experience in University Administration. The candidate must have spent at least eight (8) years at senior management level not lower than that of a Deputy Registrar in a Federal University. Membership of relevant professional bodies are compulsory. In addition, he/she:

  1. must not be older than 60 years of age by June 1, 2023;
  2. must be a person of impeccable integrity and strong moral character with ability to relate excellently with staff, students and the general public;
  3. must be a person with an articulate vision for the development of the University in general and the Registry in particular, combined with a strong passion to implement the vision;
  4. must be highly conversant with the intricacies and peculiarities of a Federal University system;
  5. must be of good physical and mental health, pleasant disposition
  6. must be up-to-date in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills.
  7. must be a person of strong character, sound leadership skills and ability to instil confidence and engender trust in his/her members of staff;
  8. must be devoid of any criminal record; and
  9. must be able to demonstrate sagacity and wisdom in the face of crisis or undesirable situations. 


The appointment is for a single tenure of five (5) years, while salary and other conditions of service shall be as approved for Registrars of Federal Universities by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Council of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. 


Candidates are required to submit fifteen (15) copies and a soft copy of word-processed applications, an up-to-date detailed Curriculum Vitae and names of three (3) referees to the Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and marked ‘Confidential: for the attention of the Vice-Chancellor’ at the left hand top corner of the envelope to reach him not later than six (6) weeks from the date of publication. 

Late applications will NOT be entertained and only applications of shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged. 

The CV of applicants must contain the following:

  • Full Name (Surname first in capital letters).
  • Post Applied for. 
  • Date and place of birth (attach birth certificate/sworn affidavit of age).
  • Nationality.
  • State of Origin, Senatorial District and Local Government Area (if a Nigerian).
  • Permanent Home Address.
  • Current Postal Address/including G.S.M Telephone number(s).
  • Marital Status
  • Number of Children and their ages.
  • Institutions attended with dates.
  • Academic/Professional qualifications and distinctions obtained with dates (attach copies of credentials) 
  • Work Experience with dates.
  • Present Employment, Status, and Salary (if any).
  • Service to national and international bodies.    
  • Extra-Curricular Activities. 
  • Any physical challenge and nature
  • Names and Addresses of three (3) referees who must have been closely associated with candidate’s administrative/work experience.
  • Signature and Date   

Each application should include fifteen (15) copies and a soft copy of the candidate’s Vision for the University and particularly the administration and growth of the University. 


Each referee must be contacted by the applicant to forward, directly to the Vice-Chancellor, a confidential report on the candidate’s character, administrative and managerial competencies in a properly sealed envelope marked “CONFIDENTIAL- Application for the Post of Registrar: Referee’s report” at the top left corner of the envelope within the period allowed for the submission of the application. 

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