The pioneer Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council of Northwest University is Mallam Sule Yahaya Hamma, MFR (The Dokaji of Sokoto). He was born on 15th April, 1948 and attended many schools one of which is Ahmadu Bello University Zaria where he obtained his first degree in 1972 in political science and his second degree later in 1975.
He worked in various capacities in the Kano state government before appointment as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) between 1979 - 1983. He was awarded with the National Honour of Member of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR) in 1983.
He served as a Board member at Nigerian Airways, National Primary Education Commission, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation just to mention few. He served as Political Advisor to the Head of State between 1996 - 1998. He also served as Director General Presidential campaign three times between 2003 - 2011. He was appointed the first Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing council of the university in May 2013.