Professor Moses O. E. Iwuala is a native of Umudurunna Abba in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State Nigeria. Born on the 20th of June 1944, he started from humble beginnings and had his early education in Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria, with his Primary and Secondary School training at the Ibadan City Council School, Mokola, and the Ibadan Boy’s High School, Oke Bola respectively. By 1963 he secured admission to the University of Nigeria Nsukka to read Zoology, and graduated in June 1967 with a B.Sc. First Class Honours degree. Shortly after this, he secured a teaching appointment as a Biology Teacher at the Iheme Memorial Grammar School, Aro-Ndizuogu in Ideato Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria.
Following the Nigerian Civil War, he secured an appointment at the University of Nigeria Nsukka as an Assistant Lecturer, and was later selected for a Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarship in 1971 to read at the University of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He pursued his studies with a sense of mission and soon qualified M.Sc. (Medical Parasitology) in 1972 and Ph.D. [Medical Entomology] in 1974. Thereafter, he returned to the University of Nigeria Nsukka to teach in the Faculty of Biological Sciences. By 1978 he was identified by the Government to serve as a Research Director of the World Health Organization Sponsored Arbovirus and Vectors Research Project in Enugu. He served meritoriously in this capacity from 1978-1981. By October 1981 Dr. Iwuala was appointed Professor and Head of Department of Zoology at the University of Jos, in Plateau State Nigeria.
Professor Moses Iwuala served at the University of Jos from 1981 to 1988, variously as Head of Department, Chairman, Committee of Deans, and University Orator and Member of the University Governing Council etc. By 1988 he was appointed as Pioneer Co-ordinator of the World Bank-Assisted Imo Health and Population Project in Owerri, Imo State. He served in this capacity for three years (1988-1991} before returning to the University of Jos at the end of his period of Secondment by Government for the special assignment.
By October 1992 Professor Moses Iwuala sought and secured a fresh appointment with the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, on transfer of service from the University of Jos. He served with distinction at the University for upwards of twenty years, including services as Head of Department of Biological Sciences; Director of Academic Planning and Development, Chairman of University Lecture Series Committee and the University Orator. In addition Professor Iwuala was privileged to serve as Chairman of the Committee of Deans, Member of the University Governing Council and Member of the University Institutional Accreditation Team etc.
Professor Iwuala has to his credit, over 100 Published Research Articles. He has also supervised over 25 successful Ph.D. Scholars many of whom are presently distinguished Professors in various Institutions locally and overseas. Professor Iwuala himself is currently serving as a Professor of Environmental Health Biology, and Vice-Chancellor of Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State, Nigeria. He assumed duties in this young University in April 2017 as the Second Substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University.
A seasoned Academic, and gifted Technocrat, Professor Iwuala’s profile includes services as the Director of University Linkages and Advancement Unit; and Director Centre for Continuing Education. He has had the benefit of serving also as Chairman/Member of the Boards of various Agencies (including those of Federal and State Universities, Research Institutes and Commissions) and a number of reputable Non-Governmental Organisations, locally and overseas. He is also a Distinguished Fellow and Member of numerous Professional Organisations; and Editor-in-Chief/Editorial Adviser of many Professional Journals published in Nigeria and Overseas.
Furthermore, Professor Moses Iwuala is a proud recipient of several Distinguished Awards of Honour, and a chain of meritorious recognitions from various groups, Associations and Organisations. He holds also many traditional titles, including such symbolic ones as the Ojinmuta” of Abba and the “Ugwumba” of Umudurunna, his home Community. In addition, Professor Moses Iwuala is one of the distinguished pioneer beneficiaries of the Imo Statesman Awards (2012) for very outstanding contributions and services by sons and daughters of Imo State, Nigeria.
A committed and practising Christian faithful, Professor Moses O. E. Iwuala is an Anglican and a Distinguished Knight of the Order of Saint Christopher (KSC). He is happily married to Lady Christie Adaugo Iwuala, herself a successful Educationist. The marriage is blessed with seven Children, (two sons and five daughters), all of who are graduates and practising professionals, serving locally and overseas; and all happily married, with numerous children.