vice Chancellor

PROF. CHRISTOPHER C. EZE

B.Agric. (Hons) MSc., PhD(UNN) L.L.B., B.L., Dip. in SMES

Ag. VICE CHANCELLOR.

Prof. C. C. Eze is a Nigerian, an Imo indigene born in Kano State in 1961, he is married to Mrs. Victoria C. Eze and the marriage is blessed with three lovely children. He studied in Nigeria and abroad with myriads of certificates such as FSLC, WASC, B. Agric (Agricultural Economics), M.Sc., and PhD in Agricultural Economics, SMES, Management and Development. He is also a Barrister at Law, having graduated from Nigerian Law School Abuja in 2008. This shows his dynamism in science and arts. Prof. C. C. Eze became full-fledged Professor of Agricultural Economics in 2011 in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Federal University of Technology (FUTO), Owerri.

Prof. Eze has held many leadership and administrative positions in both political and academic worlds. Among such positions are Commissioner of Commerce and Industry under Gov. Ohakim’s administration; Chairman, Implementation Committee on Establishment of Imo State College of Education, Ihitte Uboma; Dean, Postgraduate School, FUTO and Industrial Liaison Officer, FUTO, as well as Head of Department of Agricultural Economics FUTO, Director Center for Entrepreneurial studies. Prof. Eze is a FUTO Laureate of European Union Erasmus mundus, he also worked for United Nation Development Programme (UNPD) as Economist. He is an active member and fellow of many professional associations such as Farm Management Association of Nigeria; Life Member, Agricultural Society of Nigeria; Life Member, Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists; Member, Special

Public Works Presidential Programme; Member, Presidential Visitation Panel, Federal University of Lokoja; Member, Implementation Committee for the take-off of Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo (which he is the Vice Chancellor today) and Member, 6th Governing board of National commission for Colleges and Education, member 11th Governing Council of FUTO. Other professional associations that Prof. Eze belongs include Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Nigerian Bar Association, National Council of Commerce and Industry, Agricultural Policy Research Network, etc. Prof. Eze is an academic guru and researcher per excellence with multiple scholastic output. He has authored and published two scholarly and globally recognized books on Agribusiness Management (2018) and Dynamics of Agribusiness, Finance and Farm Assets (2016). He has to his credit well over 113 peer-reviewed published articles in local, international and high impact journals. He was the inaugural lecturer of the 24th Inaugural Lecture of Federal University of Technology, Owerri.

Prof. Eze has undertaken many consultancy projects as a Team Leader, Evaluation Team Member, Consultant, Economist, Agricultural Economist, Researcher, Coordinator and Presenter for National Board for Community Banks, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), USAID, etc. He has received many academic awards such as CODESRIA Laureate for Small Grants, Best M. Sc. Student, Support Africa International Award on Ecology, World Bank Excellence in Sustainable Procurement, etc.

His community life never went unrewarded, as his community bestowed two traditional titles on him, as the Agugoeshichukwu II after his father’s death which enable him to replace his father in the Eze’s cabinet. In due time, he was also crowned Ugo nmuta I of his community, for facilitating the creation of Elugwu/ Umuchienta Autonomous community in 2011.

The Professor of Agricultural Economics has been an Editor-in-Chief of FUTO Journal of Food and Agriculture and FUTO International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Development Studies. He has been and still is an External Examiner/Assessor/Visiting professor to many universities such as Imo State University, Owerri; Ghent University, Belgium; University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike; Enugu State University of Technology; Federal University of Agriculture, Akure; Kogi and Ebonyi State Universities; University of Agriculture, Makurdi; Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria; University of Abuja, etc.

University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo, is therefore, privileged to have a professor with unparalleled and unequaled versatility, academic and administrative ingenuity, kind hearted, green and eco-friendly agriculturalist and an advocate of green revolution.