The council of the University of Cape Coast has made two very important hires today.
The council has appointed Prof Johnson Nyarko Boampong to replace Prof Joseph Ghartey Ampiah as the vice-chancellor of the university.
While Jeff Teye Emmanuel Onyame will be replacing John Kofi Nyan as the Registrar of the university.
The new vice-chancellor, who is an alumnus of the university is a pharmacist and a biomedical scientist.
Until his appointment as the Vice-chancellor, he was the Provost of the College of Health and Allied Sciences after completing his three-year term as the Dean of School of Biological Sciences, all in the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
He was the head of the Department of Biomedical and Forensic Sciences for five years prior to becoming the Dean. He led the Department to establish the following programmes; Certificate in Herbal Medicine, B.Sc. Biomedical Sciences, B.Sc. Forensic Sciences and, MPhil and PhD in Drug Discovery and Toxicology.
He also promoted the establishment of functional Laboratory to advance research in the School of Biological Sciences. As Dean, he ensured the renovation and refurbishment of other laboratories, planting of new seedlings in the Botanic garden and enhanced International collaborations.
As Provost, he has enthusiastically championed the establishment of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences which will run Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) Programme.
Prof Boampong’s research interests cover multidisciplinary areas, a reflection of his diverse professional training in the area of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy. These include parasitic diseases, drug-resistant parasites, drug discovery and targeted drug delivery. He has more than fifty publications in peer-reviewed Journals. He is a fellow and also a member of the Academic Board of the Ghana College of Pharmacists.
Prof. Boampong has taught Parasitology, and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate (M.Phil and PhD) students with diverse backgrounds. Some of the students he trained have been appointed as lecturers in universities in Ghana and elsewhere. He has mentored many lecturers. He is also an external examiner to other universities in Ghana.
Prof. Boampong is a product of Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Japan, where he obtained his PhD in Tropical Medicine (2004-2007) as Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) scholar. He did his post-doctorate research at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India as CV Raman Scholar (2011). He also obtained his M. Phil degree in Zoology (Applied Parasitology) from the University of Ghana (1995-1999). He has B. Pharm degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (1997-2001) and, B.Sc. degree and Dip. Ed (1988-1992) from the University of Cape Coast.
He has taken many other professional courses abroad and has presented his research findings at different international conferences.
He is a member of many international and local professional associations. Through his entrepreneurial acumen, he has been able to practice his professions successfully and has been consulted widely on community pharmacy practice. He established Biomeid Pharmacia, a Community Pharmacy that provides pharmaceutical services to the University community.
He is a proprietor of Creative Academy situated at Mpeasem, a Suburb of Cape Coast. He believes that universities should serve as engines of economic growth and development by building the mindset of students and creating an environment where students will be able to practice what they learn.
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