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Management Team

Professor James Ade Kayode MAKINDE A tenured Professor of Political Studies, Religion and Administration, the best of Makinde’s 36-year university career of which over twenty were in key management positions, were spent visioning, designing, building, and branding Nigeria’s pioneer private university and blazing the trail as a maverick Entrepreneur and disruptive innovator in the Knowledge sector of the global economy. The trademark insignia of his innovation was not just in disrupting the hitherto government preserve of Nigerian tertiary education with a globally accredited branded private university, but in rapidly vaulting over the existing dysfunctional federal and state universities system to transform the institution into a reputable and sustainable sector within the industry. His energy and refreshingly unique capacity for “boxless” creativity, counter-culture integrity, vision and purposeful leadership in corporate entrepreneurship are legendary.

Prof. Makinde’s strategic student recruitment strategy exploded a monolithic Seminary from 219 in June into a 1,006-student diversified university structure by September 1999, with student residential and instructional facilities expanded to 3,200 in 2006 and over 12,000 students by 2015. During the same period, academic programs spread went from 19 undergraduate degrees in three Schools, to 46 accredited academic and professional programs in nine Schools, from bachelors to doctorate in Accounting, Basic and Computer Sciences, Management, Law, Medicine and Mass Communication, etc... Financially his team increased the university balance sheet and assets base by over 850%, created work/study opportunities and provided scholarships for indigent students and the host community as well as expand the network of development partners beyond Africa to Europe and North America. Makinde’s forte indisputably lies in his contagious mission mindedness, team building and enabling, mentoring, motivation and mobilization of human and material resources. He almost effortlessly navigates between his multiple roles as teacher, leader, counselor and priest without offensively intruding into the personal space of clients, business partners or associates.

Prior to the Babcock University phase of his career, he was a Lecturer and Graduate students supervisor at the Department of Public Administration of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, during which time he was Lead Principal Investigator at the joint (OAU; NISER, ASCON) project: the Comprehensive Organizational and Manpower Audit of the Lagos State Civil Service between 1990-1991. His innumerable contributions to the development of education and to the African university and to entrepreneurship have been variously celebrated in a multiplicity of awards, recognitions and citations, including the prestigious “Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award”, and “Best African University Administrator Award” by the All Africa Students Union in 2011; the “Congressional Black Caucus Excellence in Leadership Award” in 2016 by the African Leadership Magazine and US State of Georgia Legislative Assembly. At his exit ceremony on November 30, 2015, he was jointly inducted into the newly inaugurated Babcock University Hall of Excellence in Service as Emeritus President/Vice Chancellor, by the Board of Trustees and Governing Council.

The 2016/2017 back to back 100% record induction of Babcock’s Benjamin S. Carson School of Medicine's first two batches of doctors and 98% at the 2018 third batch, speak volumes as to the quality of professionals celebrated by the Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria itself. Babcock Law School 4-year award streak as Nigeria’s best Law Faculty in terms of consecutive Call to Bar exams celebrated by the Council on Legal Education only corroborate the excellence of products, not forgetting the spectacular B.Sc/AC program innovation that transforms Babcock Accounting students into zero-wait industry Chartered Accountants at graduation. Makinde's post-Babcock vision is clearly transparent through his new initiative, the Africa EDUCare Limited and the Maranatha Institutes of Science & Technology. He is fluent in French and has studied Arabic.

Prof. Kamar Tayo ADELEKE, Director (MD., F.A.C.C., NLI)

Adeleke was, for over ten years the State of Delaware's busiest Cardiologist, and veteran Chair of Division of Cardiology and Director of Intervention Cardiovascular Laboratory at the St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, and program leader in Intervention Cardiology at Christiana Care Hospital, Delaware. This mission-driven Core healthcare professional, a veteran of breaking invisible "glass ceilings" of clinical entrepreneurship practice in an exclusive industry after his Penn State degree and phenomenal residency training in Internal Medicine and Paediatrics at the Albert Einstein Medical Centre in Philadelphia, established the Tristate Cardiovascular Institute in Wilmington, Delaware and very soon had a year-long patients waiting list, which led to founding the First State Diagnostic Centre, Peninsula Medical Associates and Wilmington Cardiovascular Associates - all reputable industry brand leaders.

Veteran of several medical researches with outstanding publications and procedural invasive and non-invasive surgical innovations, and leading out in many successful and highly impacting medical missions in Africa, South America and the Caribbean, Adeleke was appointed to a professorial chair of Medicine and Cardiology and currently chairs the Division of Cardiology at the Benjamin S. Carson School of Medicine, Babcock University in 2012. He is concurrently President/CEO of Tristate Healthcare Systems; Vice President, Healthcare for Africa EDUCare; Chief, Division of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Laboratory at University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria where he has also pioneered the Intervention Cardiology Fellowship program as a capacity-building process for Nigerian cardiologists. Adeleke chairs the Board of World Care Canada.

Prof. Israel B. OLAORE, Director (PhD, M.A.)

An intuitive didactic mentor par excellence, Olaore is a creative achiever whose track record in educational systems management spans basic to tertiary levels, and for Africa EDUCare Group, has responsibility to the President/CEO for management of educational planning, programs, and institutions. Dr. Olaore carved a niche for himself as Chief of Staff to the President/Vice Chancellor and Head of the Presidency of Babcock University between January 2010 to June 2013. He provided supervisory leadership during the explosive years of the university's phenomenal development, for the ten nerve-center administrative departments of the university including: Human Resources, Campus Security, Logistics and Protocol, ICT, Legal Services and Internal Audit among others. Before that, he was actually called from active ministry in Tucson, Arizona to head the Spiritual Life Division of the university with responsibilities directly to the Chief Executive Officer, for Institutional Mission and Purpose, Chaplaincy, Corporate Social Responsibility. A fail safe Educational Solutions Executive, Dr. Olaore’s global currency on the educational leadership trail is amply demonstrated by his ongoing headhunted Call to serve as Principal of the century-old Glendale Academy in Los Angeles, California, in a desperate turn around effort by the Management Board, to reposition institution and restore its historic pacific coast glory.

Israel Olaore earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) from the prestigious Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona, under the mentorship of Distinguished Professor of Higher Education Policy, Gary Rhodes in 2007, specializing in the Organization and Administration/Leadership of Higher Education.