The Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) was originally founded as ASUTECH on July 30, 1980.
The University was conceived with the aim to establish an institution that must be closely related to society, its industry and above all, serve as a catalyst in the technological advancement of the people, hence the University’s motto remains, “Technology for Service”.
The enactment of the law establishing the University by the then Anambra State House of Assembly was followed by the appointment of late Professor.
Kenneth Onwuka Dike as the first President and Chief Executive of the University and the inauguration of the first Provisional Council of the University with late Professor Onwuka Dike as its first Chairman/President. (Oct 1980 – Oct 1983).
Later, Professor Chinua Achebe was appointed Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council with Professor Chiweyite Ejike as Vice Chancellor (1987 – 1988). The Management team of the University at that time included Mr. F.C. Eze – Registrar, Mr. G.C. Akachukwu – Acting Bursar and Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Ene – University Librarian.
At the end of Professor Achebe’s tenure, Professor Gaius Igboeli was appointed the next Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University Governing Council. (1989 – 1991) while Professor Chiweyite Ejike was still the Vice Chancellor.
Following the creation of Enugu State in 1991 and the subsequent change of the name of the University to Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Hon, Justice Anthony Aniagolu was appointed the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council with Prof. Julius Onuorah Onah as the Vice Chancellor (1992 – 1996). The Management team under Professor Onah included Dr. Fidelis Ogah as the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Mr. F.C. Eze as Registrar, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Eneh – University Librarian and Mr. G.C. Akachukwu – Bursar.
At the end of the tenure of Professor Julius Onah came in quick succession, Professor T.c. Nwodo as acting Vice Chancellor and later Professor Mark Anikpo as acting Vice Chancellor also.
A new Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council in the person of His Royal Highness Igwe Charles Abangwu with Professor Samuel C. Chukwu as the Vice Chancellor (January 2000 – December, 2003 were later put in place.
The end tenure of Igwe Charles Abangwu was followed by the appointment of His Royal Highness Igwe Francis Okwor (now late) as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council between January 2004 and August 2004.
Following the death of the Pro-Chancellor, a Management Committee was inaugurated to govern the University between August 2004 and August 2006 with Chief Clement Okwor who was then, the Head of Service in Enugu State as its Chairman.
Professor Ikechukwu Chidobem was later appointed the Vice Chancellor in 2006 to succeed Professor Chukwu. The Management team under Professor Chidobem included Mr. Simon N.P. Nwankwo as Registrar, Mr. Fabian Ugwu as Bursar and Mr George Igwebuike as acting University Librarian.
A new Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council in the person of Barrister David Ogbodo was later appointed to replace the Management Committee in August 2006.
Other members of the Council include Prof. Fab. Onah, Prof. David Edeani, Chief G.O. Okereke, Mrs. Janet Ngene, Mrs. Fidelia Agu, Arc. Sylvester Chineke (now late) and Professor Nene Obianyo – Provost, College of Medicine.
Following the expiration of the tenure of Professor Chidobem, the Governing Council appointed Professor Chidi Ugwu acting Vice Chancellor on November 19, 2009, a position he held until the appointment of Professor Cyprian Ogbonna Onyeji on May 29th, 2010 as the substantive Vice Chancellor of ESUT.
Other Principal Officers to serve under Professor Onyeji include Barrister Christopher Igbokwe (Registrar), Mr. Aloysius Okafor (Bursar) and Mr. George Igwebuike (University Librarian).