The Vice-Chancellor of the Sam Maris University, Supare-Akoko, Prof. Francis Ayodeji Gbore, has won the ‘Impact Maker of the Year 2023 Award’ organized by the Leadership Excellence and Dignity Awards (LEAD Awards).

The Don received the award on Sunday, December 11, 2023 at the International Culture and Event Centre (Dome) in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

In the Impact Maker category, Prof. Gbore defeated other five contestants to emerge as the winner of the keenly contested award.

While receiving the award, the Vice-Chancellor expressed gratitude to LEAD Awards for honoring him and other outstanding Nigerians. He noted that the award would serve as a catalyst for him to sustain and accelerate the pace at which he positively impacts on the society.

He added, “… thank you so much for the prestigious award! I am truly honored and grateful for this recognition. I want to express my deep appreciation to the organizers for their hard work in making this event possible. Your efforts have made a significant impact on all of us. Once again, thank you.”

Leadership Excellence and Dignity Awards is an established forum to serve as a means of rewarding mostly, deserving sons and daughters of Ondo State extraction from different sectors of the Nigerian economy that have brought about positive change to the socio-economic and human development of the Sunshine State.