From Vincent Nyinongu, Makurdi
A new Vice Chancellor has been appointed of Benue State University, Makurdi.
He’s to take over from the current Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Moses Msugh Kembe, whose tenure will come to an end on November 3, this year.
Tor-Iorapuu emerged from a heated contest of 27 professors who laced for the race. He came top of the examination conducted to pave the way to arriving at the most suitable candidate.
The results of the examination produced seven candidates from the 27 aspirants who were headed for interview after which three out of 7 were selected with the professor of Theatre Arts, Tor-Iorspuu emerging as the 6th Vice Chancellor of the University.
Professor Tor Joseph Iorapuu hails from Aliade, Gwer local government area in Benue State.
He attended Government College and College of Education, all in Katsina-Ala, Benue State; and the University of Jos, Nigeria, where he read Theatre Arts up to the PhD level.
He has served his alma mater as a member of Faculty as a professor in the Department of Theatre and Film Arts. He was also Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Jos.
Tor-Iorapuu has done a lot of work on Theatre for Development (TfD), right from his days at the College of Education, Katsina-Ala, up to his current position at the University of Jos, from where he moved to BSU on Sabbatical leave.
The erudite Professor of Applied and Social Theatre, who has mentored many young theatre scholars, has made indelible imprints in the academia and the social struggle.
Due to his commitment to influencing change in society, beyond curricular requirements, he has provided leadership in the founding and running of Youth, Adolescent, Reflection and Action Centre (YARAC) in Jos.