Professor S.L. Kela is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC), Federal University, Kashere (FUK). His appointment as the DVC, Federal University Kashere was confirmed at the 4th Regular Meeting of the University Governing Council due to the following sterling qualities he exhibited in the discharge of his duties, dedication, hard work, commitment, honesty and above all selfless service. He hails from Tanglang in Billiri Local Government Area of Gombe State.

Born on the 29th of December, 1956, Prof. Kela did his early Education at Tanglang Sudan Interior Mission Primary School from 1966 to 1972 and Sudan Interior Mission later changed to Government Secondary School Billiri from 1972 to 1977. He further proceeded to the prestigious University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria from 1977 to 1982 where he obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Zoology before proceeding to the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria from 1985 to 1988 where he obtained his M.Sc. in Veterinary Parasitology.

In his determination to get to the peak of his career and further academic pursuits, Professor Kela, embarked on his Ph.D. in 1990 and later on a voyage of discovery outside the shores of Nigeria to the University of Wale, Cardiff, United Kingdom from January, 1994 to December, 1994 for part of his Ph.D. bench work before returning to Nigeria to submit his Ph.D. thesis to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria in January, 1995 but the degree  was awarded in 2000 due to some administrative intrigues.

Prof. Kela has two (2) special courses accredited to him.  These are certificate in Microsoft Office XP and internet skills an ICT course from the Professor Iya Abubakar Community Resource Centre, Bauchi in 2009 and certificates of attendance in Senior University Management Courses of the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 2004 and 2005.

Prof. Kela had also held several responsibilities in Federal University, Kashere among which is his present DVC position of the University, pioneer Director, Academic Planning Unit from 3rd September, 2012 to 2nd September, 2016 among others. He was also Director, Gombe Study Centre of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), a position he held from 2011 to 2012.  At ATBU, Bauchi, he was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), from 2003 to 2007, Chairman, Chairman Junior Staff Disciplinary Committee from 2003 to 2007; Chairman, Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee, from 2009 to 2011, Chairman, Students Welfare Board, from 2003 to 2007, Chairman, ATBU, Staff Primary School Management Board, from 2003 to 2007; Chairman, ATBU, International Secondary School Management Board, from 2003 to 2006; Coordinator (HOD), Biological Sciences Programme, from 2001 to 2003; Ag. Foundation Dean, School of Management Technology, from 2000 to 2001 and Ag. Director, Remedial and General Studies Directorate, from 1997 to 2000 among others.

It may also interest you to know that Prof. S.L. Kela, in his quest to spread knowledge and share acquired experience underwent a one year Sabbatical leave at the University of Abuja, in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Professor S.L. Kela was elevated to his current status of professor of Biological Sciences by the Senate and Council of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi in 2000 and presented his inaugural lecture on the topic “Snail and man, the struggle for existence” on the 28th August, 2003

As a dynamic, prolific and erudite scholar, Prof. Kela has contributed, co-authored and published several Journal articles and books and crowns it with a patent.  He has also supervised 15 Ph.D. Students to graduation most of who are now full Professors.  He has received several special awards, Honours and appointments.  These include: ATBU Bauchi long Service/Merit Award, in 2008; Students’ Union Government, ATBU, Bauchi, Award, 2006; Royal Chemical Society Award for the Best Published Research Article on Plant Molluscicides in 1994, Tangale Community, Bauchi, Award for Up-lifting the Standard of Education in Tangale Land, 2000, Tangale Students Union, ATBU Bauchi, Chapter Award in 2001 and a commendation by the Vice-Chancellor, ATBU, Bauchi on behalf of the University Governing Council for his dedication and commitment that led to the success of the joint 8th and 9th convocation of the University.  He is a member of several professional bodies such as African Society of Veterinary and Medical Malacology (ASVMM), Life Member, Malacological Society of the Philippines, and elevated to the status of Fellow, Parasitological and Public Health Society of Nigeria in October, 20017, among others.

He is happily married with children.