The Foundation Vice Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Prof (Mrs) Esi Awuah has ended her tenure of office as the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the University established by an Act of Parliament in 2011.
Prof Esi Awuah who was appointed in 2012 to oversee the management and administration of the University has handed over the mantle to Prof Harrison Kwame Dapaah, a 55 year old professor of agricultural science and former Principal of College of Agriculture, University of Education Winneba.
Prof Dapaah, whose appointment took effect from 1st August, 2016 will serve for a term of four years. The new Vice Chancellor, a product of the University of Ghana, Legon, began his career as an Assistant Research Scientist at the CSIR-Crop Research Institute, Kumasi in 1988 and rose through the ranks, becoming Research Scientist in 1993, Senior Research Scientist in 2001 and Principal Research Scientist in 2005.
In 1992, Prof. Dapaah won the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) scholarship tenable at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada where he obtained Master of Science (Crop Science) degree and followed it with his PhD in Agronomy/Crop Physiology under the New Zealand Official Development Assistance (NZODA) scholarship at the Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Prof. Dapaah joined the University of Education, Winneba in 2008 as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Education and was subsequently promoted to the rank of Associated Professor and Professor in 2010 and 2014 respectively.
The new Vice Chancellor who is married with three children, has considerable experience in management, research and development, and has published extensively, having over 50 refereed journals to his credit. He has also co-ordinated multi-institutional and multi-country projects including the World Bank sponsored West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP).
During Prof Mrs Awuah’s tenure, she guided the University to mount 20 academic programmes under four Schools established a Graduate School to offer research degrees in a number of disciplines.
She also led UENR to collaborate with other institutions and set up the Earth Observation Research Centre (EORIC) equipped with Advance Fire Information Facility capable of detecting fire outbreak in the West Africa sub region
- Pictured below is the new Vice Chancellor, Prof H.K. Dapaah