Rita Dickson, new Vice-Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Ghana

Rita Dickson

She becomes the first-ever female to lead the science and technology university and takes over from Prof Kwasi Obiri Danso, who will soon bring his four-year term in office to an end

Prof Obiri Danso would have served another two years had he put in a re-election bid. It was during his tenure that the school saw a major facelift, as several projects, which had stalled, were completed. During his tenure, Prof Obiri Danso also took a major decision to convert single-sex halls into mixed halls, which, eventually, led to one of the biggest student riots on campus which made him unpopular among the students. Sources within the university have attributed his decision not to seek re-election to the aftermath of the 2017 riots. Again, under his leadership, the school was adjudged the best university in Ghana and West Africa, 14th best on the African continent and 706th best university globally by the US News & World Report.

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