Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of this esteemed University. By this feat, she becomes the first female Vice-Chancellor in Ghana and the 14th Executive Head of this University.
Below is the impressive academic credentials/profile of the new Vice-Chancellor.
Born on November 22, 1951, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang attended Anglican Girl's Secondary School at Koforidua and Aburi Presby Girl's School. She then had her secondary education at the Wesley Girl's High School in Cape Coast from 1964 to 1971. She completed B. A.(Hons) Ed. at the University of Cape Coast in 1977 and obtained her Masters and Doctorate degrees from York University in Toronto, Canada in 1980 and 1986 respectively.
She has held various academic positions at the University of Cape Coast including being Head of the Department of English, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Warden of Adehye Hall and Valco Trust Fund Post-Graduate Hostel. She has since 2002 served as Dean of School of Graduate Studies and Research. From 1997, she has held the position of Academic Director of the School for International Training in the History and Cultures of the African Diaspora. In addition, she has served in many capacities at the international level.
She has served on important boards and committees of the University either as a chairperson or a member, and has also served on a number of public boards and committees. She is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Professor Naana Opoku-Agyemang has published extensively in English Literature. These include:
* "Where there is No Silence: Articulations of Resistance to Enslavement," Revised Inaugural Lecture to the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.
* Opoku-Agyemang, N.J., Lovejoy, P.E., Trotman, D.V., (2008), (eds), Africa and its Diasporas: History, Memory and Literary Manifestations Trenton, New Jersey, USA: Africa World Press.
* Opoku-Agyemang, N.J., (2008), Where There is No Silence:Articulations of Resistance to Enslavement, Accra: Page Link Publishers.
* Anquandah, J., Opoku-Agyemang, N.J., and Doormont, M., (2007), (eds), "The Trans-AtlanticSlave Trade: Landmarks, Legacies, Expectations, Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers, pp. 210-224.
* "The Living Experience of the Slave Trade in Sankana and Gwollu: Literary Manifestations and Implications for Tourism" In The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: Landmarks, Legacies, Expectations, (eds) James Anquandah, Naana Opoku-Agyemang and Michel Doormont, Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers, 2007, pp.
* "A Fork in the Road: Ayi Kwei Armah's Osiris Rising and Florence Ladd's Sarah's Psalm on the subject of homecoming" in (eds) Naana J. Opoku-Agyemang, with Paul E. Lovejoy and David V. Trotman (eds) Africa and its Diasporas: History, Memory and Literary Manifestations, Trenton, New Jersey, USA: Africa World Press, 2008, pp. 303-318.
* International Conference of the School for International Training, USA at Addis Ababa, Axum and Lalibela, Ethiopia. Paper presented: "The Nature of reciprocity in Study Abroad Programmes," August 10-17, 2007.
* Invited Member, Panel Discussion of the United Nations General Assembly on the Commemoration of the 200 year Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade on the theme: "The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and its Legacies," New York, United Nations Headquarters, March 26, 2007. Paper Read: "Bearing Witness: A Discussion of the Legacies of Enslavement in Ghana.
* Management Development Training Workshop, GIMPA, Accra, February 25-March 8, 2008. Organised by the Association of African Universities. (Participant).
* UCC Workshop on Review of Strategic Plan, Busua Beach Resort, March 11-14, 2008. (Participant).
* Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO Conference commemoration of the bicentenary of the abolition of the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans, November 19-24, 2007. Role: Panel Discussant and Presenter on: An Overview of the Causes, Conduct and Consequences of the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans Paper Read: "The Faces and Voices of Memory: Towards" Port of Spain, Trinidad Tobago.
* School for International Training Annual Workshop, UMASS and SIT Brattleboro, Theme: Health and Safety Issues in Study Abroad, August, 2007.
Outreach Programmes/Extension Services
* Academic Director, World Learning, USA.
* National Vice-President, UCC Alumni Association.
* Country Director, Teach-in-Ghana Programme University of Ohio, Athens, USA.
Professor Naana Opoku-Agyemang has received an award for exemplary leadership, and several honours including recognition for outstanding contribution to education in the Komenda Traditional Area.