The University Council on 20th October 2021, appointed Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana with her appointment taking effect from 26th October. She becomes the first female to occupy the position in the University.
Prof. Amfo is the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) at the University of Ghana. As an experienced academician, she brings onboard innovation, resourcefulness, and tact to her professional engagements and is adept at change management.
“As Pro-Vice-Chancellor, she brought significant technological innovation to impact the University’s academic and administrative processes,” a statement by the University Community congratulating her said.
Prof. Amfo is a university administrator with twenty years of experience in the higher education sector.
Prior to her appointment as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor in November 2019, Amfo was founding Dean of the School of Languages between 2014 – 2019. She also served as the Head of the Department of Linguistics between 2013 and 2014. She has participated in the governance of the University of Ghana through her service on several statutory and ad hoc boards and committees. Amfo is a professor of Linguistics and obtained both her PhD and MPhil degrees from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
She obtained her bachelor’s degree in French and Linguistics from the University of Ghana. She has a post-graduate certificate in Administration and Management from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and has received additional training in higher education management and leadership from Harvard Business School, University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and INSEAD, France. She is a past student of Holy Child School (O’Level) and Archbishop Porter’s Girls Senior High School (A’Level).
Professor Amfo’s career in academia started in 2001 when she landed a lecturing offer at the Department of Linguistics after her Master’s degree. In 2007, she was promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer, the same year she obtained her PhD degree. By 2011, Amfo had become an Associate Professor and transitioned to a Professor in 2017.
She has acquired extensive multi-cultural experience through various professional engagements in twenty countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia. Her passion for mentoring particularly younger professional women has driven her to organise and or facilitate several capacity building training programmes in both the public and private higher education sectors, as well as in other public and private organisations. Prof. Amfo’s professional expertise and leadership have been recognized by her peers.
Amfo currently serves on the Consultation Board of the International Pragmatics Association. She is also an Assistant Secretary-General of the Federation of Modern Languages and Literatures, FILLM (a UNESCO affiliated scholarly association). She was the President of the Linguistics Association of Ghana (2010 – 2014). She is a member of the West African Linguistics Society and the Society for Communication, Medicine and Ethics (COMET). She is a pioneer fellow, senior scholar, mentor, and assessor of the African Humanities Programme of the American Council of Learned Societies. She is the Chair of the Interim Executive Committee of the African Humanities Association (AHA), an off-shoot of the AHP.
She is currently the Associate Director for Transition for the AHA. She is the Co-founder and the Acting President of the African Pragmatics Association. Professor Amfo is a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD), Commonwealth Professionals Fellowship, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the prestigious International Women’s Forum Leadership Program.
Professor Amfo is married with three children.