The Governing Council, Bayero University, Kano, on Sunday announced the appointment of Muhammad Bello, a professor, as the new Vice Chancellor of the institution.
This is contained in a statement by the Registrar of the University, Sani Ibrahim, in Kano.
“In accordance with the power conferred on the Council by section 4 of the institution (Miscellaneous Provision) Amendment Act of 2003, a new Vice Chancellor has been appointed for the university.
The statement said Mr Bello would serve tenure of five years beginning from August 18.
The Council congratulated the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Abubakar Rasheed, for a successful tenure, adding that it would give the new vice chancellor the necessary support to move the institution forward.
Mr. Bello had on July 20 emerged winner of the election held to select a new head for the university, defeating 10 other contestants.
Mr. Bello polled 834 out of 1187 votes cast during the exercise.
Other candidates who contested alongside the victorious vice chancellor include Mohammed Abdullahi who got 36 votes; Mohammada Sule, 116; Muhammad Suleiman, 102; and Lawal Danladi 17.
Kamilu Fagge got 61votes while Abdulraman Audu 17 votes.
Biography – Muhammad Bello
Mr. Bello, was born on January 22, 1959 in Nassarawa State, though he is an indigene of Kano State.
After his Primary Education at Giginyu Primary School in 1973, he attended Government Secondary School, Gaya where he graduated in 1977 before proceeding to Bayero University Kano to study Education/Mathematics.
On completing his B.Sc programme in Education/Mathematics in 1981, he pursued a master’s degree in Mathematics and then went further to obtain a doctorate degree in Mathematics at the University of Arkansas, Fayettevillie USA between 1985 and 1988.
He was also a teaching assistant at the university during the period.
Mr. Bello has lectured at the Bayero University Kano from 1982. He became a professor in 2001.
Before his appointment as vice chancellor, he was teaching at the Department of Information Technology in the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology.
He was the Chairman of the Projects Monitoring, Evaluation and Documentation Committee of the Office of the Vice Chancellor.
He also held some administrative positions at the institution, including: those of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics); Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies; Director, Centre for Information Technology; Deputy Dean, and Dean of the Faculty of Science.
He was also a Sub-Dean, Faculty of Science; Head, Department of Mathematical Sciences; Faculty of Science Admissions Officer; an elected member of the University Senate; Senate Representative on University Governing Council, from 1991 to 1995 and 1999 to 2010 and Senate Representative on Senior Staff Disciplinary and Appeals Committee, among others.
As a professor, he has supervised and graduated five Ph.d Mathematics candidates, 32 M.Sc Mathematics and M.Sc Computer Science candidates. He is currently supervising one PhD Mathematics candidate and five M. Sc Computer Science candidates.
Mr. Bello has also served as Internal Examiner to one Ph.D Mathematics candidate and over 20 M.Sc Mathematics/Computer Science candidates. He has supervised over 50 B.Sc Mathematics and B.Sc Computer Science final year projects.
He is member, Nigerian Mathematical Society, Mathematics Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Institute of Mathematical Physics and Africa Mathematics Forum, an Internet-based group.
He has authored many books, presented papers and journals.