The Governing Council decided at its Extraordinary Meeting of Tuesday 14th September 2021, that the Vice Chancellor should handover the Office of Vice Chancellor by 15th September 2021 to the most senior officer who had been deputizing for him in his absence. For unexplained reasons, the handover is yet to take place.
To avoid any break in the decision-making continuum, the Governing Council directed Professor Pierre Gomez to assume the position of Vice Chancellor in an acting capacity, with effect from Thursday 16th September 2021 to the date of handover to a substantive Vice Chancellor
Professor Pierre Gomez got his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English and French at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar in 1998. From there, he proceeded to the University of Besançon (France) for his Advanced Diploma in Education (Distinction) and then University of Limoges (France) for his Master of Arts (Distinction), Master of Philosophy (Distinction) and PhD (Distinction) in Comparative Literature (1999–2005). He did part of his doctoral research at Fourah Bay College (University of Sierra Leone) and SOAS (University of London, UK). He has served as visiting lecturer to different universities such as Limoges (France), Linnaeus (Sweden), St Mary’s College of Maryland (USA) and Gaston Berger of St Louis (Senegal). He did a study tour in some Scandinavian universities : Finland (Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Turku University of Applied Sciences, University of Turku, Finland University, Aboa Mare Maritime Academy and Training Center), Norway (Institute for Public Health, NORHED -The Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development) and Sweden (Malmö University, Lund University, Raoul Wallenberg institute, Stockholm University, SIDA – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Uppsala University, The Nordic Africa Institute).
In 2018, he received training in Higher Education Management at Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, China, and later proceeded to Limoges University (France) for a fellowship in the same area.
For ten (10) years, he served as the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences where he was awarded on three consecutive times The Best Dean of the Year Award.
He is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic at The University of The Gambia.