UG appoints Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo as Pro Vice-Chancellor


Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo has been appointed by the University of Ghana to Act as the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the school.

She would be acting until the school appoints a substantive Vice Chancellor.

“The University Community is hereby informed that the newly constituted University of Ghana Council has decided to appoint Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for Academic and Student Affairs, to act as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana with effect from 1, August, 2021, until such time that University Council appoints a substantive Vice-Chancellor,” UG stated.

UG Continued that,”In a short meeting after the inauguration of the new Council, the Council considered Section |O(2Hb) of the University of Ghana Act, 2010 (Act 806), and Section 63)of the University of Ghana Stututes, and decided on the appointment of the senior of the two Pro Vice-Chancellors, to act.”

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About: Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo

Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo is 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. Professor Amfo’s career in academia started in 2001 as a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics, was promoted 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.

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

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