Elder Reuben Abimbola Iye, the current governing council chairman of the college was inaugurated as appointed chairman with other members of the governing council, by the Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, who is a visitor to the college on Tuesday 23rd February, 2021.
Elder Iye started his Primary Education at the Community Primary School, Koro in Ekiti LGA, Kwara State from 1958-1964, for his First School Leaving Certificate, after which he proceeded for his Secondary Education at the U.M.T.C Mokwa Teachers’ College in Niger state, Nigeria where he obtained his Teacher’s Grade II Certificate from 1966-1970, he proceeded to Kwara State College of Education Oro Ilorin then from 1977-1980 for his Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE).
In his untiring flair for educational attainment, Elder Reuben moved ahead for his B.Ed degree in Language Arts with a resounding (Second Class Upper Division) from 1983-1985, at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He deemed it fit to crown it all with a Master degree, M.A English Language at the prestigious better by far University of Ilorin, Nigeria from 1992 to 1993 respectively.
Elder Reuben belong to several Professional Associations, among which are; (1) Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN), (2) Association of Nigeria Authors (ANA), (3) National Association of Teachers of English in Colleges of Education and Polytechnics (NATECEP) and Modern Language Association of Nigeria (MLAN).
He joined the service of St. Peter’s Primary School, Ira in Oyun LGA of Kwara State, Nigeria as a class teacher from Jan. 1971 to Dec. 1971 and in Christ African School Ogidiri, Offa as class teacher, between Jan. 1972 to June 1977.
Elder Iye served the nation as a corp member at Sultan Atiku Government Secondary School, Sokoto between August 1980 to July 1981 as English and Physical & Health Education Teacher.
He further served in Offa Teachers’ College, Offa between July 1981 to May 1987 as an English Language and Literature in English Teacher. In Government Technical School Erin-Ile as English Language Teacher between May 1987 to September 1987 and he came back to Kwara State College of Education, Oro as Teacher of English Language and Literature in English.
Elder Reuben during his days as a student, in Community Primary School, Koro served as the Football Captain and Assistant Head Boy in 1964. At Mokwa Teachers’ College, he served as the College Sale’s Representative in 1966, Younger Farmers’ Sale’s Representative in 1967, College Time Keeper & Lighting in 1968 and as Class Prefect in 1970.
He served as Coordinator of Handball at the College of Education, Ilorin. He also served as group Project Coordinator at ABU Zaria, and at the University of Ilorin respectively.
In his days as a worker, Elder Iye served as the Game Master at St. Peter’s Primary School, Ira, an assistant Game Master at the Christ African School Ogidiri, Offa, where he served as the House Master, Food Master and as Teaching Practice Coordinator at Offa Teachers’ College.
He also served as the acting HOD in the department of English between 1993 to 1995, Teaching Practice Coordinator NCECC programme between 1995-1997, he then became the H.O.D of the department of English between 1997-2006, became the Chairman Security Committee in 2001 to 2002, the Chairman School of Languages Promotion Committee in 2000 to 2005 and became the Ad-hoc Chairman of Various Committee, such as Examination Malpractices, Screening Committee among others.
Elder Iye is an active member of Koro Progressive Union (K.P.U), the Secretary, Koro Students’ Union between 1967 to 1968 and became the Chairman Board of Governor, Koro Grammar School between 2003-2005.
He had flair for Teaching and had passion for research among which is Language Education with special interest in English Language Teaching (ETL) especially Phonology Applied Linguistics, Applied Sociolinguistics/ Psycholinguistics/Language Policy and Planning and Material Development.
In fact, he wrote four (4) different books, he has six different publications, he attended five different Seminars and Workshop Presentations and had two (2) Dissertations and Thesis.
He voluntarily retired from active service as the Chief Lecturer after thirty-five (35) years of active service on the 1st of April, 2006.
Elder Reuben is happily married with five (5) Children.