New VC (President) for Solusi University
Solusi University Council appointed Professor Ephraim Tobela Gwebu as the new Vice-Chancellor for Solusi University. Professor Gwebu becomes the third Vice-chancellor for Solusi since the time the institution attained its charter and he assumed duty on the 1st of May 2018.
The new institution head hails from Matabeleland South Province in Esigodini, Zimbabwe. His tertiary education began in 1973 where he attained a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Siera Leone specializing in Chemistry and Teacher Education.
Because of his love for education and his intelligence, he tested out of the Masters programme and went straight to do his Ph.D at the Ohio State University (OSU) in 1978 and his field of study was in Physiological Chemistry (Medical Biochemistry).
In 1979, Prof. Gwebu joined OSU once again and this time, doing a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Medical Biochemistry (Atherosclerosis and Antioxidants) which was followed by other fellowships which included Medical Biochemistry (Cytotoxicity Studies), Neurochemistry (Alzheimer’s disease and Antioxidants) and Epidemiology (Tropical diseases). These were attained from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and National Institutes of Health respectively.
Reading and writing best describes Prof. Gwebu. He is a well-read scholar and a passionate mentor. To date, he has produced more than 28 publications and manuscripts and 112 selected Published abstracts he co-authored with students in the universities he taught. Of the many experiments the Vice-chancellor presented, one of them was lost in a space shuttle that exploded on re-entry on February 1, 2003. (https://news.adventist.org/en/all-news/news/go/2003-03-03/oakwood-college-experiment-lost-in-shuttle-columbia-disaster/ )
Professor Gwebu has worked in University and Tertiary Education since 1978 starting with Oakwood University where he served as an assistant Professor of Chemistry. He came back to Zimbabwe in 1981 and worked as the Director of General Research at the National Institute of Zimbabwe for 4 years. He went back to the USA in 1985 and served in various institutes and universities which include places like Lomalinda University, National Institute of Health, Elizabeth City State University; North Carolina and Rusangu University.
Professor Ephraim Tobela Gwebu joins Solusi University from Rusangu University where he served as the Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology for 2 years.
Prof brings along his wife Dr. Keratiloe Gwebu, a holder of a Doctorate in Nursing. Dr. K Gwebu was the Dean of Health Science at Rusangu University. Her experience spans years of bed side nursing, forensic nursing, and home care. She was also an Assistant Professor at Oakwood University and at Tidewater Community College.