Professor of Food Science and Technology and Technology and Vice Chancellor University of Mkar Born in Apir Makudi Local Government Area Benue State (to Mr, and Mrs. Gernah Apir), the young Iorwuese started his primary education in 1963 at DRCM Apir and proceeded to the much coveted William Muckle (WM) Bristow Secondary School Gboko from 1969 to 1973. He did his Higher School Certificate (HSC Lower Sixth) at Boys Secondary School Gindirin 1974, from where he gained admission into the prestigious University of Ibadan and obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) Degree in Zoology with a Second Class (Upper Division) in 1978.
After his National Youth Service (NYSC) he had a brief stint with the Benue State Civil Service from 1979 -1981 as fisheries Officer (Aquaculture) before leaving for further studies. Propelled by an imbedded urge to make a mark and engrave his name on the sands of time with reverberations of excellence, the young Gernah quickly enrolled for a Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Industrial Microbiology at the Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, and United Kingdom and was awarded in 1982. After which he took up appointment with Benue Brewery Makurdi in 1983. The sweltering aspiration to attain the zenith of his career prevailed on him to keep pushing on in his academic chase and in 1984; he went back to the Herriot-watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, and United Kingdom for a master’s degree (M.Sc) in brewing technology after which he settled down for serious work in the Nigerian brewing industry.
After about 17 years of training and accumulated work experience in the Food (Brewing) Industry where he held positions such as quality control manager, production manager and managing director, Professor Gernah garnered the courage to venture into academics, where his passion had always been, and by the year 2000, he joined The University Of Agriculture, Makurdi as a lecturer II in the department of Food Science and Technology. Spurred by innate commitment to enhance his academic profile, Professor Gernah enrolled for a Doctorate Degree (Ph.D) programme in Food Science and Technology at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi in the year 2003 and was awarded in 2008. In spite of his involvement in politics in various capacities such as interim administrator of Makurdi Local Government council in 2004, Professor Gernah has continually remained intellectually active with serious research endeavors and prominent seminar engagements. Consequent upon his invaluable contribution to scholarship and strategic academic submissions over time, he has been able to rise very conveniently to the esteemed rank of a full-fledged Professor of Food Science and Technology with a specialization in Food Product Development. His competence and dexterity has earned him very relevant and sensitive positions in the University setting and beyond.
At all the stages in his educational and working career, Professor Gernah demonstrated his academic and intellectual prowess evidence and convection too. He won the Saunders award in 1978 for best zoology graduate of the University of Ibadan, and the Allied Brewers Traders Association award for the best M.sc. (Brewing) graduate in 1984 from Herriot Watt University Edinburgh. In the year 1994 he was give a Board commendation as the Best Innovative Brewer in Benue Brewery limited for helping the company to convert to local raw material brewing without any significant change in quality and profit. He also won the Innovators of Tomorrow (IOT) Award from the Science and Technology Education, Post Basic (Step B), Abuja during his Ph.D. programme, thus setting the pace for distinctive academic performance to young academics as mentor and a life coach. The aforementioned reveal Professor Iorwuese Dickson Gernah as a true academic with enviable credentials and cognate experience. Prof. Gernah is a fervent Christian who is married to Mrs. Member Gernah and their marriage is blessed with six successful children.