The Authority Icon: HILLARY ODO EDEOGA
For using his broad vision to highlight the imperative of higher education in transforming society in the 21st Century; for deploying this understanding to telling effect in his many arenas of service thereby positively impacting his region and country, Prof. Hillary Odo Edeoga, is The AUTHORITY Icon
He is a notable plant scientist (a professor of Plant Taxonomy and Cytogenetics) with enormous intellectual capacity which he brought to bear on the diverse scientific, leadership and administrative arenas he has been called upon to serve in. To-date, he has about 71 outstanding awards to his credit and is not yet done with serving humanity. Meet Prof. Hillary Odo Edeoga.
He was born on November 28, 1960, at Amede, Eha- Amufu, Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State to the family of Chief and Mrs. Edeoga Ogenyi Eze.
In 2011, the Governing Council of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUA), Umuahia in Abia State, graciously elevated Prof. Edeoga, then a two-term deputy vice chancellor and serving Dean of College of Natural and Applied Science, to the position of vice chancellor with effect from March 2011. He was the institutions 4th Vice-Chancellor
During his tenure as vice-chancellor (2011-2016) he turned the university to a genuine to a community of learning. With its partnership with world-acclaimed universities across the world, the tertiary institution drew from a pool of knowledge available in the larger community of knowledge.
Before then, he was the Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Enugu State (2007-2009) and a Senior Research Adviser, Shell Petroleum Development Company Nig. Ltd., Port Harcourt (2006-2007) and a Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (2001-2005). He has also been the Dean of Post Graduate School (2002-2003) and former Head, Department of Biological Sciences, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (2000-2001).
Prior to his appointment proper as Vice-Chancellor, he was the Dean, College of Natural and Applied Sciences, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (2009-2011). Prof. Edeoga was a Senior Lecturer in the former Edo (Bendel) State University, Ekpoma (now Ambrose Alli University) from 1988 - 1999. Prof. H. O. Edeoga has been cited in the 2001 edition of Marquis “Who is Who in World.” He has also been cited in the “Who is Who in Nigeria” (2003 and 2010 editions).
Prof Edeoga is a Member, American Society of Plant Taxonomists (USA); Member, Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology; Member, Botanical Society of Nigeria; Member, Genetics Society of Nigeria; Member; Nigeria Society for Plant Protection; Member, Weed Science Society of Nigeria; Member, International Society of Plant Morphologists (India) and Member, Biotechnology Society of Nigeria.
He is happily married to Mrs. Gina Ibizugbe Edeoga, a union blessed with three lovely children - Izu, Nnenna and Ogonna.