MountCrest University College has appointed Professor Joseph Roland Atsu Ayee as Rector with effect from 2 January, 2013.
Professor Ayee, who was born on October 30, 1952, is the immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head, College of Humanities, of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa from January 2010 to December 2012.
A statement signed by Mr KwakuAnsa-Asare, Chief Executive Officer, MountCrest University College at Kanda in Accra on Wednesday, said Prof. Atsu Ayee made “invaluable contributions to the realization of the strategic goals” of the University KwaZulu-Natal.
The statement said Professor Atsu Ayee had been offered the Emeka Anyaoku Visiting Professor of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, UK, from mid-January 2013 to mid-July 2013 – the first African scholar to be appointed to the prestigious Chair.
He was educated at Keta Secondary School, University of Ghana and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, where he obtained his PhD in Public Administration and Policy.
He has taught at the University of Swaziland, University of Ghana and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and supervised several PhD and M.Phil students.
“Through this, he has contributed not only to the production of the next generation of scholars, but also, significantly, to knowledge. It is, therefore, no wonder that over half of the current academic staff in the Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, are his former students.”
The statement said in recognition of his excellent teaching and research record, he won the University of Ghana 2006 Best Teacher Award in the Humanities. He has also served as external examiner and assessor for several universities both locally and internationally.
Professor Ayee has published extensively and has to his credit 180 publications as books, chapters in books, journal articles, review articles and book reviews.
“He is a rated researcher by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and Ghana’s foremost and internationally well-known scholar in developmental public administration and policy. He has collaborated with scholars of international repute and his publications are highly respected and widely cited by scholars all over the world.”
His national and international awards include visiting Commonwealth Research Fellow, Department of Politics, University of Glasgow, Scotland from October 1993 to July 1994; Chair in Leadership Studies, UNESCO/United Nations University Leadership Academy (UNULA), University of Jordan in 2001; Member: Editorial Board; Head, Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, 1995-2000 and Dean, Faculty of Social Studies, University of Ghana, 2002-2009; Fellow, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences since December 2005and Fellow, Ghana Institute of Management since 2006.
He is married to Doris and they have three adult children, Ayite, Armah and Ayele. GNA