Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo Is The First Woman Vice-Chancellor Of Legon

Prof Nana Aba Appiah Amfo

The University Council on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, appointed Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana. Her appointment takes effect from October 26, 2021.

Professor Amfo, is the first woman to occupy the position of Vice-Chancellor in the University.

Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo is currently the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) at the University of Ghana.  She is an experienced academic and university administrator, with twenty years of experience in the higher education sector.

Prior to her becoming Pro Vice-Chancellor (ASA) in November 2019, Professor Amfo was founding Dean of the School of Languages (2014 – 2019). She previously served as the Head of the Department of Linguistics (2013 – 2014).

She has participated in the governance of the University of Ghana through her service on several statutory and ad hoc boards and committees. Professor Amfo is a professor of Linguistics and obtained both her PhD and MPhil degrees from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her bachelor’s degree in French and Linguistics is 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 Secondary School (A’Level).

Professor Amfo’s career in academia started in 2001 as a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics after her Master’s degree. In 2007, the same year she obtained her PhD degree, she was promoted Senior Lecturer. She became Associate Professor in 2011, and Professor in 2017.


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