First Female VC of KNUST takes office
At a colourful ceremony held in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Professor Rita Akosua Dickson has officially been sworn-in as the Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Professor Rita Akosua Dickson was appointed on June 25, 2020, for a four-year term by the University’s Council at its 258th Special meeting.
She commences her term today, August 1, 2020, till July 31, 2024.
Prof. Rita Dickson, until her appointment was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor.
She once served as acting Vice-Chancellor in October 2018 when Professor Obiri Danso was asked to vacate the position temporarily.
Prof. Dickson has also previously served as the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
She additionally holds a Ph.D. and a Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (GCAP from King’s College London.
President Akufo-Addo who graced the occasion in a post on Facebook said: ”On Saturday, 1st August 2020, I joined the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who is also Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, to attend the investiture of the new Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson. She has become the first female Vice Chancellor of KNUST.
With KNUST being the main centre of learning in our country for the teaching of science and technology, I am confident that Prof. Dickson will rise up to the challenge, and excel in her new role. I wish her well and God’s blessings.”
On her part, the new VC said one of her key vision will be to roll out a special initiative dubbed: “Support one needy student with one laptop” to help poor students who may be unable to acquire a laptop for online studies.
She further pledged to make the school globally attractive by promoting research and helping Industry to grow.
Professor Rita Akosua Dickson is an alumna of KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana.
She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy in 1994.
She pursued graduate studies leading to the award of MPharm. in Pharmacognosy in 1999 and was appointed a lecturer the following year in the Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, KNUST.
In 2003 she was awarded a Commonwealth scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. at Kings’ College London, University of London, UK. She used this opportunity to successfully complete her programme and acquire a Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (GCAP), from the same university. She returned to teaching at the KNUST in 2007 and was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in 2009 and further to an Associate Professor in 2014. Between 2011 and 2012.
She is currently the Editor in Chief for the International Journal of Ethnomedicine and Pharmacognosy (IJEP) and editorial member of the International Journal of Science and Research Methodology.
Prof Dickson has been the Head of the Department of Pharmacognosy for three terms from 2009 to 2013. Before her appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, she was the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and also acted as Provost of the College of Health Sciences in the absence of the Provost.
Prof Dickson is a Board member of the Ghana Pharmacy Council and Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana. Before her appointment, she was the Chairperson of the Education sub-committee of the Pharmacy Council and serves as an examiner in the Ghana Pharmacy Council Professional Qualifying Examination for pharmacy graduates.
She also served on the Continuous Professional Development Technical Committee of the Pharmacy Council.
As a fellow of the Ghana College of Pharmacists, she has served on several committees locally and internationally in the area of Pharmacy Education and Training. She is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Ghana National Medicines Policy Programme.
Prof Dickson is a member of several local and international organizations including the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA), Society of Medicinal Plant Research (GA), International Society of Ethnopharmacology (ISEP), Phytochemical Society of Europe (PSE) and American Society of Pharmacognosists.
Her people-oriented approach to leadership is underpinned by her commitment to both staff and students in providing them with opportunities for their development. She is receptive to new ideas and creative thinking from both staff and students.
Prof Dickson enjoys inspiring and mentoring the next generation through talks and engagements, as she motivates them to build their leadership skills and competencies. She is passionate about the youth and enjoys encouraging girls to take up careers in science.
She loves to cook and share traditional meals with friends and family and is happy to spend some time in the gym when she can afford it.
Prof Dickson is a Christian of the Baptist denomination and worships at Grace Baptist Church, Amakom, Kumasi.
She is married to Nana Dickson; a banker and the couple is blessed with four daughters.