Prof. Dapaah who succeeds the Foundation Vice-Chancellor, Prof. (Mrs) Esi Awuah, was sworn into office by the Chairman of the Council of the University, Professor J.S.K. Ayim.
He becomes the second Vice Chancellor of the University, which was established by Act 830, 2011 to provide higher education, disseminate knowledge and undertake research related to energy and natural resources.
Prof. Dapaah, began his career in 1988 as an assistant research scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), rose through the ranks to become a principal research scientist in 2005. In 2009, he joined the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Asante Mampong Campus, as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Education. The newly appointed Vice Chancellor was subsequently promoted as an associate professor in 2010 and a full professor in 2014.
Until his appointment as the Vice Chancellor of the UENR, Prof. Dapaah was the Principal of the College of Agriculture Education of the UEW, Mampong Campus, a position he had occupied since October 1, 2012.
He also had oversight responsibility, from October 2014 to April 2015, as the acting Principal of the UEW, Winneba, Kumasi Campus, until a substantive principal was appointed.
In an address, Prof. Dapaah said the future of higher education was being shaped by several factors, including internationalisation, technology, commercialisation, students’ insatiable quest for access to higher education as against dwindling budgetary allocations and pledged to maintain academic rigor in the University.
Prof Dapaah said he was prepared to make difference in the future by focusing on both the fundamentals and the big drivers in the present to transform UENR into a world class institution.
He noted that his administration, would pursue vigorous staff training and development to build the competencies and skills of staff, while embarking on aggressive infrastructural development.
“I will also promote academic excellence in teaching, learning and research and work towards a strong research orientation to position the UENR as a research university,” the new Vice Chancellor said.
He promised to pursue teamwork and an open and transparent administration and promote the culture of creativity, initiative and innovation.
Earlier, Prof Mrs. Esi Awuah, the immediate past Vice Chancellor in a short remarks, expressed her appreciation to members of the university community and asked staff and students to extend the same level of support to the new Vice Chancellor.
Hon. Eric Opoku, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, who was the Guest of Honour admonished the new Vice Chancellor to seek the interest of the University and pledged the support of the Regional Co-ordinating Council to the University.