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KsTU appoints Prof. Gabriel Dwomo as new Vice-Chancellor

The Council Members of the Kumasi Technical University KsTU in the Ashanti Region is set to name Professor Gabriel Dwomo as the school’s new Vice Chancellor.

Professor Abdul Aziz,   the Local Secretary, Technical University Teachers’ Association (TUTAG) of Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) who confirmed to OTEC FM’s breakfast show on Wednesday August 16, 2023 that, the Council arrived at the decision at a meeting on Tuesday August 15, 2023.

Prior to the appointment of the new vice chancellor, the local chapter of Technical University Teachers Association TUTAG had petitioned the Council ensure they name a person from the University to serve as the new vice chancellor.

TUTAG members ahead of the meeting stormed the venue with ply cards and red bandanas calling on the Council not go outside the facility for a new Vice Chancellor.

Following the appointment of Professor Dwomo as the next vice chancellor of Kstu, TUTAG members who welcomed the decision said they will do everything possible to ensure his tenure of office becomes a success.

The secret of TUTAG at the University, Professor Abdul Aziz said they were happy the Council heeded to their calls by chosen one of their own to run the school.

“The Council is yet to come out with official communication to that effect, but we can assure you that our current Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gabriel Dwomoh will be our next Vice Chancellor”, Professor Abdul Aziz told the programme’s host Captain Koda  

“He has been in the university for 14- years and has served through all the ranks of the school, so we believe strongly his appointment is in the right direction, we commend the Council for their wise decision”, TUTAG  Local Secretly revealed .

The Statutes of the University stipulate that the Vice Chancellor has an individual renewable tenure of four years, while the Pro-Vice Chancellor has three years.

Established as Kumasi Technical Institute in 1954, the KsTU is one of Ghana’s foremost technical universities, presently holding the status as the best technical university in the country.

Earlier agitations

Members of the Technical University Teachers’ Association (TUTAG), Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) chapter, were resisting attempts by the university’s governing board to impose what they call a “foreigner” as a Vice Chancellor of the school.

The local chapter argued, they have equally competent and experienced individuals to steer the affairs of the university.

On Tuesday morning, lecturers at the school converged on the university campus to register their displeasure over the supposed imposition.

Clad in red and black apparel, the senior academic members of the university wielded placards with the inscription, #VC_INTERNALMOVEMENT, while palm trees at the school’s administration block were decorated in red cloth.

The disagreement has since plunged the quest to appoint a new head of the university into uncertainty as the current Vice-Chancellor ends his tenure in September this year.

Sources at the university indicate that the governing board of the university is holding a crunch meeting to resolve the impasse.

Presently, Professor Osei-Wusu Achaw, a Chemical Engineer, is the Vice-Chancellor of the university.

He was appointed to office in 2019 together with three other officials as the governing council of the university.

About Professor Gabriel Dwomoh

The renowned Professor has served in the university with outmost dedication for 14-years and now the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the school.

Prof. Gabriel Dwomoh is the first and youngest Full Professor of the Business School and Kumasi Technical University in general. 

Prof. Dwomoh attended the prestigious Opoku Ware Senior High School and continued to the University of Cape Coast (1994-1999) where he read Bachelor of Secretaryship and passed out with flying colours. He further continued to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology between 2001 to 2004 reading Master of Arts, Industrial Psychology (Human Resource Management) and the Lincoln University from 2003-2004, Master of Business Administration (Finance). He obtained his PhD continued to the Costa Rica Business School to pursue a PhD. 

He started his career as a Management Trainee Assistant at Anglogold Ashanti and moved on to Sunyani Technical University (Sunyani Polytechnic) as a lecturer from 2000-2003.

He joined Kumasi Technical University in 2009 as lecturer in Human Resource Management and Entrepreneurship.

He was promoted as a Senior Lecturer and appointed to head the then Institute of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development as the Director, from January 2012 through to September 2016..

He further moved to head the Institute of Research Innovation and Development and subsequently as Director of the International Affairs and Institutional Linkages. He was instrumental in the Institute of Research Innovation and Development being registered as a recognized and approved centre for MMDAs to award governments.

He also led to the signing of MoUs with several District Assemblies for joint proposal funding.

Source: Ghana/ Agyenim Boateng

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