Leading FPP as the Dean since 1 December 2012, Professor Ismail had served UMS for 17 years and was an academic expert in the field of Sabah’s ethnic and culture.
Vice-Chancellor of UMS, Professor Datuk Dr. Mohd Harun Abdullah said, he knew Professor Ismail as a close friend, always helpful and hardworking.
“He is also very committed and work hard to realise any programmes. As a head of department, he was confident that mutual understanding and being approachable were the key to create good relations between academicians and support staff of both blocks; psychology and education blocks,” he said.
His text was read by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation, Professor Dr. Shahril Yusof.
Datuk Harun also said that he was honoured that UMS had a lecturer such as Prof. Ismail who continued to excel until his retirement.
Also present were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and International, Professor Dr. D Kamarudin D Mudin; Deputy Vice-Chancellor Student Affairs and Alumni, Associate Professor Dr. Ismail Ali; UMS Registrar, No’man Datuk Hj Ahmad and Head of Librarian, Dg Rukiah Ag Amit, including staff of FPP.
For the record, Professor Ismail had overall served for 38 years in the public office in Sabah. - CD (fl)