Faculty of Multidisciplinary Studies, Ekiti State University

Dean's Profile

Professor Isaac Abiodun Ajayi

Dean, Faculty of Multidisciplinary Studies

Professor Isaac Abiodun Ajayi was born on the 25th December, 1965 to the family of Mr and Mrs Jeremiah Ajayi in Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State. He attended Eleyo High School, Ikere Ekiti between 1979 and 1984. He graduated from the University of Ibadan in 1991 with First Class Honours in Educational Management/Economics. He obtained M.Ed. Educational Planning and Policy and Ph.D. Educational Management from the University of Ibadan in 1995 and 1999 respectively. He joined the services of Ondo State University, Ado Ekiti (now Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti) as a Graduate Assistant on 24th March, 1993. He rose steadily through the ranks to become a Professor of Educational Management on 1st October, 2010.

Professor AJAYI research interests are in the areas of cost and financing of education, educational policies and school effectiveness. He has published extensively in these areas. To date, he has one hundred and twelve publications to his credit. These comprise nine authored books, twenty-two chapters in books, two articles in conference proceedings, and seventy-nine articles in reputable journals across the world. He has attended various local and international conferences.

Professor AJAYI has a passion for academic excellence, this has manifested in his supervision of postgraduate students. He has successfully supervised twenty-two Ph.D students and twenty-three M.Ed. students. Moreover, two Ph.D students are about to complete their theses under his supervision. Three of his Ph.D supervisees have become Professors of Educational Management.

Professor AJAYI is an erudite scholar, a born teacher and an administrator par excellence. He has held various administrative positions successfully in the University. These include Coordinator of Affiliate Programmes, Assistant Director of Affiliates Programmes, Sub-Dean, Dean of Students’ Affairs, Head of Department, Educational Foundations and Management, Dean of Faculty of Education, Director, Directorate of General Studies, and member of various committees in the University.  He presented the 38th inaugural lecture of Ekiti State University titled “Managing the Education System in a Poverty-Ridden Economy: The unhealthy rivalry between Efficiency and Effectiveness” on 8th July, 2014. Presently, he is the Dean, Faculty of Multidisciplinary Studies.

Professor AJAYI, is a member of various learned societies. These include Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), National Association for Educational Administration and Planning (NAEAP), Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM), Higher Education Research and Policy Network (HERPNET), and a Fellow, Institute of Policy Management Development (FIPMD). He is an embodiment of integrity, hard work and scholarship. He is married to Mrs. Elizabeth Folorunso Ajayi and the marriage is blessed with promising children.

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