Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo Becomes First Female VC Of UG

Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo is vc of ug
Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo is UG’s first female Vice-Chancellor

Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo has become the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon.

She takes over from Vice-Chancellor Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu.
The appointment of the 49-year-old first female Vice-Chancellor of Ghana’s premier University takes effect from August 1, 2021.

Until her appointment, she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

Check her full profile below

An alumna of the University of Ghana, Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo had her secondary education at Holy Child School and Archbishop Porter Girls’ Secondary School. She proceeded to the University of Ghana from 1991 to 1996 for a Bachelor’s degree in French and Linguistics. Both her MPhil (2001) and PhD (2007) degrees in Linguistics are from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Prof. Amfo has received additional training in higher education management and leadership from Harvard Business School, University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and INSEAD, France.

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Professor Amfo’s career in academia started in 2001 as a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007, Associate Professor in 2011, and Professor in 2017.

Her research interests are in the linguistic sub-discipline of Pragmatics, which allows her to explore the role that context plays in our conversational interactions and how that influences communication in different domains. Before her appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Amfo served as Dean of the School of Languages, having previously served as the Head of the Department of Linguistics from 2013 – 2014.  She has participated in the governance of the University of Ghana through her service on several statutory and Adhoc Boards and Committees.

Professor Amfo 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.  She is a member of several professional associations including the Society of Communication, Medicine and Ethics, International Pragmatics Association (where she serves on its Consultation Board; the first African to serve in this capacity since the Association’s establishment in 1986); West African Linguistics Society and Linguistics Association of Ghana (where she served as President from 2010 – 2014); a pioneer fellow, senior scholar and Chair of the Steering Committee of the African Humanities Program of the American Council of Learned Societies. She is also a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD), Commonwealth Professional.

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Professor Amfo is married to Frank Amfo and the couple have three children.

NB: story put together with additional files from ug.edu.gh

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