Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, mni, MFR

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Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, mni, MFR

Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC)

Born in October 1957 at Makarfi in Kaduna State, Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed mni MFR attended the Local Education Authority (LEA) Primary School,
Makarfi between 1966 and 1971; School for Arabic Studies, Kano (1972-1976); Bayero University, Kano (1977-1980 and 1981-1983); Ahmadu Bello University,
Zaria (1986-1991) and the University of Nottingham, England, (1989-1990). He holds, among other qualifications, a B.A., two MAs, and a PhD in different aspects
of English Studies.

Professor Rasheed began his teaching career in July 1981 as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of English and European Languages at Bayero University. He rose, through the ranks, after 10 years, to become a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department. In April 1993, he left the university to have a stint as a journalist with the New Nigeria Newspapers Limited, where he was appointed the Editor of the Sunday paper. After three months on the job, he was appointed as the substantive Editor of New Nigeria, a position he held until February 1995, when he became the Managing Director and Chief Executive of New Nigerian Newspapers Limited. He was opportune to attend as International Visitor, the Multiregional Conference on United States Foreign Policy (August to September 1997) as well as the Annual Human Rights Conference, held in Geneva, Switzerland in April 1999.

In May 1999, after managing the company for four years, he voluntarily withdrew his services from the New Nigerian Newspapers to return to his teaching job in Bayero University, Kano. With his return to the University, he served as Head of Department of English and French (1999-2000), Dean of Faculty of Arts and Islamic Studies (2000-2005), Chairman University Consultancy Services Board (2005-2007), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) (2007-2009), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (2009-2010), Acting Vice-Chancellor (July 5-August 17, 2010), and as immediate past Vice-Chancellor (2010-2015).

Professor Rasheed also served in several committees and boards as Chairman/Member including Senate, Committee of Deans and Directors, University/Community Relations Committee, University Admissions Committee, Convocation Committee, University Endowment Fund, and University Press
Steering Committee. Between 2000 and January 2004, he was a Federal Government appointed member of the Governing Council of the National Institute
of Nigerian Languages (NINLAN), Aba; Member, Governing Councils of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, University of Jos, and the Kaduna State University,
Kaduna; Jigawa State University Implementation Committee (2010 and 2011).

Professor Rasheed has also served as a member of the Panel of Judges of Nigeria Prize for Literature sponsored by the NLNG. He currently serves as Chairman of the Technical Advisory Group for the ETF Book Development Project. Since 2013, he had been a member and Technical Consultant in the Implementation
Monitoring Committee on the Needs Assessment of Nigerian Public Universities.

An Author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and technical reports, Abubakar Rasheed was promoted to the rank of Professor of English, in October
2001. He also holds the prestigious title of Member of the National Institute (mni), and Member of the Federal Republic (MFR). He is a Fellow of the National Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR), Institute of Corporate Administrators (FICA), and Institute of Corporate Executives of Nigeria (FICEN) as well as the Linguistic Association of Nigeria (FLAN).

He is happily married with children.