The American University of Nigeria (AUN) has announced the reappointment of Dr. Maggie Ensign as president and vice-chancellor.
The appointment takes effect from June 1, 2021, according to a statement by the university’s spokesperson, Mr Daniel Okereke, on Monday.
Dr Ensign first served as president of AUN from 2010 to 2017 before departing to take up the Presidency at Dickinson.
On May 14, she announced her resignation as President of Dickinson College, one of the oldest and most distinguished liberal arts colleges in the United States.
Chairman of AUN’s Governing Council, Senator Ben Obi, who announced the reappointment on Tuesday, said the board and council are fully confident that Dr. Ensign has the very best credentials and experience to lead the university through this critical stage in its development and pledged their unstinting support for her success.
In welcoming Ensign back to Yola, AUN founder and former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar, described the decision to ask her back to the AUN as “one of the easiest in recent times,” in order that she might, “continue the excellent work that you have started at AUN.”
He charged her with relaunching and achieving the bold strategic plan she developed for the university in her first seven year tenure, which aimed at building on the American style of pedagogy using the latest technology—including a superb new digital library–to train a new generation of African leaders, and to find solutions to the crucial economic and social challenges besetting Africa.
Atiku also challenged the returning president to reposition the university and intensify the recruitment of the brightest and best students from all over Nigeria and across Africa, students inspired by the call to leadership and service.
“Your return to Yola must bring back those creative community outreaches that enabled our institution to impact so greatly not only on the Yola community but across the country and the world.
“I remember, with a combination of pride and humility, how you mobilized the Yola Community and personally led the fight for the continued education of the abducted Chibok girls. You opened the AUN campus, first to those Chibok girls that escaped the onslaught of Boko Haram, and eventually to those few that were freed in 2016. You will be reuniting with some of this determined generation of young women who have continued to pursue their education dreams at AUN,” Atiku said.