Search committees for a new Vice-Chancellor and Registrar for the University have been inaugurated at a ceremony in Cape Coast.
The terms of the current Vice-Chancellor and Registrar ends on July 31, 2020, hence the need to constitute search committees to propose to the Council, candidates for appointment in accordance with Statute 18.6. The new Vice-Chancellor and Registrar will assume office on August 1, 2020.
Speaking at the function, the Chairman of Council, Mrs. Nancy O. C. Thompson, called on the two search committees to select candidates who have the ability to foster and promote good internal and external communications and must also have strong visionary leadership and innovation for the University. She noted that the selected candidates should be able to lead and manage the University in collaboration with faculty, staff and students, alumni and other stakeholders towards achieving the vision and goals enshrined the strategic plan. She further indicated that the selected Vice-Chancellor and Registrar should be able to promote and expand the research capabilities of the University substantially and assist to mobilise resources from both private and public sources to support the University’s growth.
“The ideal candidates should be able to promote the wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff and demonstrate the commitment to treating people with fairness and respect” she noted. Additionally, she said, “The applicant should demonstrate the capacity to build on the accomplishment of predecessors by taking the University to higher levels of academic excellence and higher levels of service delivery to communities both near and far”. According to her, an applicant with these qualities would help maintain UCC’s status as a University of competitive choice.
Mrs. Thompson expressed gratitude to members for accepting the invitation of the Council to serve on the search committees. “I am of the firm conviction that you will carry out your duties with distinction to complete this task on schedule” she added.
The Chairman of Council implored members of the two committees to be confidential in executing their mandate. “During the search process members and the secretarial staff may have access to confidential information including but not limited to personal information, education and employment history of applicants. It is important to maintain strict confidentiality of the search committee’s procedures and information to the fullest extent,” she noted. She appealed to them not to engage in any form of communication with the media and non-members of the committees including members of the Council and the University Community on issues about the search proceedings or candidates under consideration.
Present at the ceremony were the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah; Pro Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dora F. Edu-Buandoh, and Registrar, Mr. John Kofi Nyan.