The Council of the University of Ghana, Legon (UG) has approved Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo as the substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University, the Management of Ghana’s premier university announced on Wednesday.
The Accra-based public university in a statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh said the appointment of the first female Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana (UG) takes effect from Tuesday, October 26, 2021.
“Council of the University of Ghana today, October 20, 2021 appointed Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo as the substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University. The appointment takes effect from October 26, 2021,” it stated in the release.
The Ghana University Management continued that “Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo by this appointment becomes the first woman to occupy the position of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana since its establishment in 1948.”
Nana Aba Appiah earlier was appointed the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Legon University after Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu ended his term of office as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana (UG) on July 31, 2021.
The then Pro-Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic and Students Affairs at the University of Ghana (UG) was unanimously elected by the UG Governing Council chaired by former Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo.
Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo aged 49 as she has been confirmed as substantive Vice-Chancellor by the Council will not only be the first woman, but also the youngest to serve as the Vice-Chancellor of the leading university in the country.
She will be joining the likes of KNUST’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mrs Rita Akosua Dickson and former University of Cape Coast VC, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as the first females to serve as Vice-Chancellors in the country.
An alumna of the University of Ghana, Nana Aba had her secondary education at Holy Child School and Archbishop Porter Girls’ Secondary School and moved to UG from 1991 to 1996 for a Bachelor’s degree in French and Linguistics.
prior to her appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aba Amfo served as Dean of the School of Languages, having previously served as the Head of the Department of Linguistics from 2013 to 2014.
The female Professor is currently an Advisory Board member of the Coalition of People Against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Harmful Practices (CoPASH) – A UNFPA supported programme.