Professor Naana Opoku-Agyemang

Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Coast

Currently Ghana’s Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang was, until October 1, 2012, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, the first woman to have held the position of Vice Chancellor in Ghana. At the University of Cape Coast, where she spent her academic career, she was Head of the Department of English, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Dean of the Board of Graduate Studies and Founding Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Professor Opoku-Agyemang holds a BA (Hons) in French and English, a Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast, A Diploma in Advanced Studies in French from the University of Dakar, an MA and PhD in Literature from York University, Toronto, Canada. She is the recipient of many inter/national awards, including the highest award Ghana bestows on her citizens: Officer of the Order of the Volta (for Academic Distinction; Ghana Women of Excellence Award (Category: Education), 2011; Doctor of Humane Letters (DLitt) Honoris Causa, Winston Salem State University, North Carolina, USA, March 2011; Doctor of Laws (LLD) Honoris Causa, University of the West Indies, 2010; Outstanding Performance in Advancing International Education, School for International Training, 1993 & 2007.

She is member of many international boards and committees including the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and the Editorial Board, The Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora (Africa World Press Inc USA).

Professor Opoku-Agyemang has twice been a Fulbright scholar and is currently a member of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.