Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, has been appointed the new President of the Presbyterian University College, Ghana (PUCG) to take over from the current President, Rev Prof. Emmanuel Adow Obeng who tenure comes to and on 31st October,2021.
This was announced by the Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev Dr. Godwin Nii Noi Odonkor in his report to the 21st General Assembly at the Victory Congregation in the Fafraha District of the Ga Presbytery in the Greater Accra Region.
Rev Prof. Addow Obeng has been instrumental in raising the image of the University. He has used his experience as an astute University Administrator to improve upon the life and image of the Presbyterian University and will leave behind a solid foundation upon which to grow and further develop the Institution.
The Clerk said the Presbyterian Church of Ghana is grateful to Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Addow Obeng for his hard work and impactful service and congratulates him for his good work. “When the history of the University comes to be written, his name will be in gold and we wish him well in retirement” he said.
Prof. Oduro Owusu, is a Presbyterian and a well-known figure in University academic circles worldwide. According to Rev. Nii Noi Odonkor, Rev Prof. Oduro has written to accept the offer to serve and he is assured of the support of the General Assembly Council and the entire Church family.
The Clerk also announced that the Chairperson of the PUCG Council, Her Ladyship Justice Akuffo has also been appointed by the government to the position of Chairperson of the University of Ghana Council. Because of the relationship between the PUCG and the University of Ghana, and to avoid a conflict of interest situation, Her ladyship has tendered in her resignation from the PUCG, and the Standing Committee, acting for the GAC, at an emergency meeting, has accepted her resignation.
The Clerk on behalf of the Church and the University thanked her for her services and love for her mother Church, the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. He added “We wish her well with her new appointment”.
In her stead, a Supreme Court Judge, His Lordship Justice Prof. Nii Ashie Kotey (Ph.D.) has been appointed to the chair of the PUCG Council. His Lordship is a dye in the wool Presbyterian, a former Senior Presbyter of the Eben-Ezer Congregation, Osu in the Ga Presbytery.
He was also the former Chairperson of the National Lands Commission and Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana, Legon. He has since, written and accepted to serve the Church and the University.
History of PUCG
With the establishment of the Presbyterian Training College (PTC), it was hoped that, like the Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone, it might one day be upgraded to a university. However, after several years, it was not until 1996 that the Synod of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana at that time took the bold decision to initiate steps into establishing a university. The body charged with pushing forward this initiative, the Presbyterian University Implementation Committee, was formally established in 1998. It is through these efforts and the determination of the Church that the Presbyterian University College, Ghana has come into being.
Rev George Larbi
Public Relations Officer
Presbyterian Church of Ghana