Legon gets first female Acting VC

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Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, 49, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic and Students Affairs at the University of Ghana has been appointed acting Vice-Chancellor of the University.

She is to take office from August 1, 2021, following the expiration of the tenure of the current Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu on July 31, 2021.

The decision was made by the newly constituted Governing Council of the University Chaired by retired Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo.

Prof. Amfo will be the first female, and the youngest ever Vice-Chancellor of the Premier University. She would hold the position until the Council appoints a substantive VC.

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Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo is an alumna of the University of Ghana.

She had her secondary education at Holy Child School and Archbishop Porter Girls’ Secondary School, and proceeded to the University of Ghana from 1991 to 1996 for a Bachelor’s degree in French and Linguistics.

Both her MPhil (2001) and Ph.D. (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.

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 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 to 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 to 2014); a pioneer fellow, senior scholar and Chair of the Steering Committee of the African Humanities Program of the American Council of Learned Societies.

Prof. Amfo is also a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD), Commonwealth Professional.

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