PROFILE OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR, PROFESSOR E. UCHENNA IKONNE
- Professor Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne
- Professor of Optometry
- Hails from Agburuke – Nsulu in Isiala Ngwa North, LGA, Abia State
- He attended Ngwa High School, Aba, Abia State
- St Augustine’s Grammer School Nkwerre for his Higher School Certificate
- Manilla Central University, Philippines where he studied Optometry (OD)
- In addition, he studied and graduated in a specialist Masters Degree programme in Hospital Administration (MHA)
- On his return to Nigeria in 1985, Professor Ikonne served as Consulting Optometrists at the Park Lane General Hospital, Enugu
- Abia former (Imo) State University, Etiti campus, as a pioneer Academic Staff of the School of Optometry in 1986
- He obtained a specialist training in Primary Care Optometry and elected a Fellow of the Nigerian College of Optometrists in 2003.
- He obtained a Ph.D in Environmental Health Science from Abia State University
- He has been a Professor of Optometry since 2006
- Head, Department of Optometry –Abia State University(ABSU)
- Director, Institute for Distance Education (IDEA), ABSU
- Acting Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences – ABSU
- Deputy Provost, College of Medicine & Health Sciences – ABSU
- Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Abia State Univesity – 2010-2014
- Rector, Abia State Polytechnic, Aba – (on Rescue Mission) 2014 – 2015
- 18th Inaugural Lecture Laureate of Abia State University
- 7th Substantive Vice-Chancellor, Abia State University,December 1, 2015
Professor Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne’s professional relevance, viability and resourcefulness warranted his national recognition and appointment as:
- Member, National Universities Commission (NUC) Accreditation Teams
- Chairman/Team Leader, National Universities Commission (NUC) Accreditation Team, 2008
- Chairman, National Universities Commission (NUC) Investigation Panel to the Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
Professor Ikonne is also External Examiner to the following Universities:
- Imo State University, Owerri
- Madonna University
- University of Benin
- University of Cape Coast, Ghana
As a colossus in the Optometry Profession, Professor Ikonne has made incalculable contributions to his professional body as follows:
- Member, Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria from 1993 to date
- Chairman of the Education Committee. 1993 to date
- Chairman, Disciplinary Committee, 2007 to date
- Vice-Chairman, Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria, 2009 to date
- Registrar, Nigerian Postgraduate College of Optometrists and so on
- Professor Ikonne deservedly won the prestigious African Optometric Educator Award of the year 2003 and the Distinguished merit Award of the Nigerian Optometric Association, 2006
Professor Ikonne is the author of several books and journals.
Service of God
Professor Ikonne and his wife, Barrister Lady Uzoamaka Ikonne, built a Church hall at St Andrews Anglican Church, Agburuke – Nsulu, Isiala Ngwa Diocese, as well as, expanded the Altar of the existing Church to an Ultra modern one, described as one of the best, so far, in the Diocese.
At the Church of the Good Shepherd, Ehimiri, Umuahia, Abia State Professor Ikonne serves in the Vineyard as the Pastor’s warden.