Name: Dr. Alex Ibe
Position: Professor, Department of Life Sciences
Hometown: North Richland Hills
How long have you been at WC? 14 years
What were your previous jobs? Physician/Researcher
What is the best part of your job? Seeing my students successfully transition into their respective field of studies – especially those who had doubts about themselves, teaching them how to think and hence, an astute scholar.
What are your favorite things to do when you are not working? Spend some quality time with my wife, Carolyn,
at home or visiting our children.
What was your favorite vacation? Travelling to Nigeria with my family and spending some quality time with my father before he passed a year later.
What event helped shape your life? My family bond and the culture I was raised in.
Who is the most famous person you have personally met? Dr. Francis Collins (the pioneer
of the Genome Project) before he left University of Michigan to head the project at the National Institute of Health.
Why is campus life important? It’s a long lasting memory for the students and what brings them back on campus long after they had left. It builds bridges, bonds, tolerance and it is the barometer by which new students are recruited.
How would you describe the quality of education students receive at WC? First class! The wealth of knowledge of WC Faculty is comparable to that of any top tier institution. In my class, I challenge my students to dare compare. I am the self-proclaimed “master,” most of my students would say I live up to that title. I am sure most of my colleagues here at WC will say the same of their effectiveness in the classroom.
How would you describe the individual attention students receive at WC? Incredibly amazing! I invite students to my office to talk about anything, most particularly how they can become successful students. I see an average of seven students on a normal day and probably
15 on a hectic day. I very seldom take lunch break, but when I do, I could be talking to two or three students in my office while eating or in the cafeteria or a local restaurant. My students come first in all that I do here at WC.
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