Wednesday 30 August 2023


By: Hauwa Kabir,

A Nigerian, Rev. John Abubakar OSA, PhD, has been announced as the Chief Sustainability Officer of Villanova University.

Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, the President of Villanova University, made this disclosure during his welcoming address to new and returning students of the University.

In his message, dated 23rd August 2023, Rev. Peter M. Donohue OSA, PhD, in part said, “I am pleased to share that Rev. John Abubakar OSA, PhD, has been named Chief Sustainability Officer at Villanova, effective immediately.

“In his role, Fr, John will serve as the Chair of the Sustainability Leadership Council, the campus group overseeing Villanova’s Sustainability initiatives, and endeavour to establish an ethos of sustainability in our University Community by advancing Villanova’s Sustainability Plan.

“He will also promote sustainability agreement through educational opportunities and provide expertise and guidance for sustainability planning, design and operation”.

Rev. Peter also disclosed to the University Community that, Fr. John is a Nigerian.

He said, “Fr. John joins us from Nigerian Augustinian Province, where he was ordained in 2004”.

From, Rev. Peter’s message made available to REALITY, the formal welcoming address of the new and returning students is slated for Thursday, 31st August, 2023.

According to the President, the event is one among many events that he always looks forward to.

He said, ‘I always look forward to the start of each academic year, as it brings new faces, new stories and new experiences to Villanova Community”.




De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom

Date: 2022 -2025

Doctor of Philosophy: Sustainable Urban Development and Climate Change

Dissertation Title: Using Settlement Upgrading and Self-help housing to address Nigeria’s housing deficit. A case study of Mararaba-Gurku slum settlement, Nasarawa, Nigeria.

University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Date: 2022-2022

Executive Education Certificate

Title of Program: Leading Sustainable Organizations

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Date: 2022 – 2022


Executive Education Certificate

Title of Program: Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies

California Intercontinental University, Irvine, CA, USA

Date: 2018-2021

Doctor of Business Administration: Global Business and Leadership

Dissertation Title: The impact of internal factors on the business performance of Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Jos, Nigeria.

University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Date: 2020-2021

Master of Science (MSc): International Development: Environment, Development and Politics.

Dissertation Title: Ranching as a solution to the farmer-herder conflict in north-central Nigeria: A farmer-herder perspective.

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

Date: 2019-2021

Master of Business Administration (MBA): Human Resource Management.

Dissertation Title: Entrepreneurial Leadership style and performance of Saint Monica’s Academy, Jos, Nigeria.

University of Roehampton, London, United Kingdom

Date: 2015-2018

Master of Art (MA): Educational Leadership

Dissertation Title: The effects of the Leadership style of a school principal on the classroom performance of teachers

Pontifical Gregorian University Rome, Italy

Date: 2008-2012

STL/Master, Biblical Theology

Dissertation Title: An exegetical understanding of 1 Corinthians 1:18

University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria

Date: 2000-2004

BA, Theology

Dissertation Title: Understanding the Exodus Event and Jesus the Liberator: Recipes for a Just African Order.

Pontifical Urban University Rome, Italy

Date: 1996-1999

BA, Philosophy

Dissertation Title: The Relevance of Nietzsche’s philosophy to the Nigerian church.



2021 – Present

Adjunct Professor, Villanova University, Pennsylvania, USA

Subjects: Bible and sustainability; Sustainability Leadership

2014 – 2022

Faculty, Institute for Formators (IFF) Du, Jos, Nigeria Subject: The Place of the word of God in formation

2013 – 2020

Faculty, Augustinian Institute Makurdi, Nigeria

Subject: Introduction to the Bible

2006 – 2016

Faculty, Saint Augustine’s Major Seminary, Jos, Nigeria

Subject: Biblical Hebrew Pentateuch



2023 – Present

Chief Sustainability Officer, Villanova University, PA, USA

2012 – 2020

Prior Provincial, OSA, Nigeria

2013 – 2020

President, Union of Augustinian Friars in Africa (UAFA)

2013 – 2020

President, Augustinian Federation of Africa (AFA)

2015 – 2020

Chancellor, Villanova Polytechnic, Imesi-Ile, Osogbo


Chairman, Curriculum Review Committee, IFF Du, Jos

2013 – 2020

Chancellor, Augustinian Institute, Makurdi-Benue State.

2022 – Present

President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT) Centre For Carbon Literacy and Sustainable Education Initiative (CCLISEI), Nigeria.



Book Chapter

Abubakar J. A. (2015). The effects of school climate on an Augustinian school. Augustine Through the Ages: Echoes of Faith and Reason. Beau Bassin: Lambert Publication


John Abubakar (Ongoing). The Bible and Sustainability. (Book Contract) Routledge Publication, United Kingdom.

John Abubakar (Ongoing). Implementing Sustainability in Educational Institutions.

Abubakar, J. A. (2020). Nurturing the fruit of the Spirit. Jos: Stanuzi Integrated Services Ltd

Reviewing the works of others

  1. Serving as a judge in the Earth and Environmental Sciences category in The Global

Undergraduate Awards

2023 Program, Dublin, Ireland.

Reviewed the book Proposal of Dr. Gary McCloskey, USA

  1. Served as a judge in the Earth and Environmental Sciences category in The Global

Undergraduate Awards 2022 Program, Dublin, Ireland.


Request from Routledge Publishing company United Kingdom to review a book for publication titled: Catholicism Today by Evyatar Marienberg.

  1. Served as the chair of the team that evaluated the activities of the Institute for Formators, Jos, Nigeria, in the following areas: academic, managerial, and structural.


Abubakar, J. (May 2, 2023). Guest Speaker on the Topic: Sustainability and the Church: Balancing our Ethical Responsibility to the Planet with the Financial Realities of Going Green. Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference Webinar organized by the Center for Church Management, Villanova Business School, Villanova University, PA, USA.

Abubakar, J. (2023).  Served as Guest Speaker on the Topic: The Involvement and Commitment of Augustinian Laity for the Promotion of Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation.

International Workshop organized by the International Commission for the Augustinian Lay

Movement, Curia Generalizza, Rome, Italy.

Abubakar, J. A. (2022). Global ecological crises: Solutions from a biblical perspective. A paper delivered at the 2022 Hybrid International Conference held from 14-16 March 2022 at Ikenga Hotel, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria. Theme: Globalisation, Religion, Politics and ecological crises in the 21st century. Organized by the Department of Religion and Culture, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Abubakar, J. A. (2021). COVID-19: Online education as a solution to the challenge of access to tertiary education in Nigeria. A paper delivered at the 1st Dominican University.

International Conference on Humanities, Management, and Social Sciences. 27 – 29 October

  1. At Dominican University, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Abubakar, J. A. (2020). Keynote speaker at the ACAJP/UNHCR conference in Abuja Nigeria on Faith and Protection of Migrants.

Abubakar, J. A. (2019). Leadership and Ethics. A paper delivered on impactful leadership, at the retreat for new commissioners and permanent secretaries of Plateau State held at NIPPS, Kuru, Nigeria.

Abubakar, J. A. (2016). Vocation and Formation. A paper delivered at the Augustinian International Conference on Vocation and Human Development, Iloilo, Philippines.


Full Proficiency: English, Italian, Hausa

Limited Proficiency: French, Spanish, German

Research Knowledge: Biblical Hebrew, Greek.


Certified Sustainability Professional by Global Reporting Initiative (GRI, Netherlands)

Member, International Society for Sustainability Professional (ISSP, USA)

Fellow, International Society for Development and Sustainability (Japan).


2019 to date

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Administration (Nigeria)

2020 to date

Member, Chartered Management Institute (UK)

2020 to date

Fellow, International Society for Development and Sustainability

2020 to date

Member, International Society for Sustainability Professionals

2020 to date

Member, Development Studies Association (UK). Member, International Studies Association (USA).


Award of Excellence for contribution to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal No

4: Quality Education, in Nigeria, by World Change Summit, Nigeria.

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