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    Pharmacist Prof. Mrs. Rita Akosua Dickson is Pro Vice Chancellor of KNUST

    Monday, 1 October 2018   (0 Comments)
    Posted by: Paul Owusu Donkor
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    Pharmacist Prof. Mrs. Rita Akosua Dickson is Pro Vice Chancellor of KNUST


    Lady Pharmacist Prof. Mrs. Rita Akosua Dickson has assumed office as Pro Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Before her appointment, Prof. Dickson was the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (FOPPS). Her new portfolio was confirmed after the University Council upheld the results of last week’s election where she won convincingly. Prof. Dickson will take over from another Pharmacist, Rev. Prof. Charles Bismarck Ansah, who has served out his term of office. Prof. Dickson becomes the first female Pro VC of KNUST.


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    On Thursday September 20, the university community held an election to fill the Pro VC position since the incumbent’s tenure was over. The election had three contestants on the ballot paper: Prof. Ben K. B. Banful from the Department of Horticulture, Prof. Mrs. Rita A. Dickson from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Prof. Charles Ofosu Marfo of the Department of Modern Languages. Of the total 729 ballots cast, Prof. Rita Dickson polled 326 votes representing 44.72%. Prof. Charles Marfo received 214 votes representing 29.36% while Prof. Ben Banful obtained 189 votes representing 25%. Prof. Rita Dickson was declared as the winner at the close of polls. As is the custom for the university, the winner and runner up of the election are submitted to the University Council for the final confirmation of who should be Pro VC. A statement signed by Mr. A. K. Boateng, Registrar of KNUST confirmed the University Council’s decision uphold the election results and, therefore,  appoint Pharm. Prof. Rita Dickson as Pro VC for a two-year term with effect from October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2020.


    The Pro-VC, whose role is to support the agenda of the Vice Chancellor of the University, is elected for a two year renewable term by senior members of the university. Other pharmacists who have been previous occupants of this high office include Prof. Boakye Yiadom and Rev. Prof. Charles Ansah. The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana congratulates and wishes Lady Pharmacist Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson in her new role.