A newly constituted University Council was inaugurated on January 9, 2015, at a ceremony held in the Multi-purpose hall of the City Campus. In attendance at the short ceremony were lecturers, senior administrative staff, heads of departments, a cross section of students, dignitaries, media personnel, as well as friends of the University.
Speaking at the inauguration, the President and Founder of Regent University, Prof. Emmanuel Kingsley Larbi, on behalf of the University community expressed gratitude to the outgone council members for rendering their support to the institution over the years. He intimated that the current stage of the University’s development had necessitated the creation of a newly constituted Council.
He outlined some of the noteworthy achievements the University had chalked within its 10 years of existence. The mounting of the country’s first ever postgraduate degree programme in computer science, Regent’s consistent ranking among the top 10 universities in Ghana by webometrics since 2011, and the hitherto only AMBA-accredited MBA programme in Ghana offered by Regent, were among some of the institutional achievements mentioned.
The Founder and President also briefed attendees on the impact of the Universities various Community outreach programmes, aimed at equipping Senior High Schools in rural areas with IT infrastructure to support learning. The impact of graduates from the University in the corporate world, and in public institutions was not lost in the President’s speech.
Prof. E. K. Larbi outlined the institution’s strategic plans to introduce additional engineering, science, and technology related programmes at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
He revealed the University’s plans of mounting the first ever Doctor of Business Administration programme in the country, starting from September 2015.
"We are also making continuous efforts towards recruiting more world-class academic staff to support these programmes” he further indicated. "Similar exciting partnership agreement are in the offing”.
"The short-term positioning of the institution as a world class institution, as well as the objective of attaining a government Charter by the end of 2016, called for continued hard work, funding, sacrifice, and the grace of God”, he stressed.
He expressed optimism that the current challenges affecting the numerical growth and expansion of academic programmes, would be over by the beginning of the 2015/2016 academic year, with the University’s ongoing investments in massive infrastructural development. The President and Founder expressed confidence that in view of these developments and aspirations, the new team of council members would provide the needed support to enable the institution attain its aims and objectives.
Members of the newly constituted Council comprise of distinguished personalities drawn from academia, religion, government, and industry.
They include the following:
Dr. Kwabena Darko (Chancellor), Prof. Nicholas N. Nsowah-Nuamah (Chairman of the University Council), Prof. E.K. Larbi (Founder and President), Mr. Albert Amonoo (Senior Vice President), Dr. Stanley Moffatt (Vice President, Institutional Advancement), Prof. Frederick Humore (Ag. Vice President, Academic Affairs), Prof. Kwasi Kwafo Adarkwa (Former Vice Chancellor KNUST, Professor of Transportation Planning, College of Architecture and Planning, KNUST), Dr. Lawrence Tetteh (President and Founder, Worldwide Miracle Outreach (UK), Rev. Dr. Nana Anyani Boadum (General Overseer, Jesus Generation Ministries), Hon. Seth Adjei Baah (Former MP Nkawkaw Constituency, CEO, Shaaba Enterprise Limited, President, African Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Prof. (Nana) Peter Tuffuo Asubonteng (Chief Executive Director, Rossa Consult Ltd.)
The rest include:
Ms. Eva Lokko (Founder and CEO, Totally Youth, Former Director General of GBC), Mr. J.G.K. Abankwa (Architect, Project Manager, Capex-Izmatrix Consortium), Mr. Peter Blom (Blom Holdings, Denmark, Rev. Ing. George Asiedu (Principal Consultant, WACON Consulting Engineers.Nana Obokom Atta IX (Amankorahene of Gomoa Akyempin Traditional Council), Nii Acquah II Chief of Ga Odumasi, Sempe Division (Regent Ghana Alumnus), Ing. Nana Duodo (Representing Ghana Institution of Engineers)
In attendance: Jude Eastwood, the Speaker of Regent Ghana Students’ Parliament, Ms. Nancy Ansah (Registrar) Mr. Charles Hanu,(Chair, Regent Ghana Staff Association)
Representing the Chief Justice, Justice Joseph Bawa Akamba, a Supreme Court Judge, administered the oath as part of the induction process for the new council members.
New council members each pledged their wholehearted commitment to the University’s mission and mandate.
Delivering an acceptance statement on behalf of the new council, Prof. K.K. Adarkwa expressed appreciation to the University and management for the opportunity to be of service to the University. The distinguished professor assured the University community that Council would liaise with the various stakeholders in the university community to ensure that their concerns are incorporated into the decision making process of the council.
On behalf of the entire University Community, the Senior Vice President, Mr. Albert Amonoo expressed gratitude to the past council members for the various ways in which they had contributed to the growth of the University over the years. He expressed optimism that the newly-inducted council would pick up from where the previous council left off and remain committed and dedicated to the University’s mandate of to raise visionary, ethical and passionate leaders who are ready to contribute positively to the African renaissance.
Past council members were each awarded citations in recognition of their contribution to the development of the institution. Out gone Council members who were honoured at the inauguration ceremony included:
Rev. Dr. Anyani Boadum led the University community in offering prayers of thanksgiving to God for the progress the University had made over the years, as well as to commit the journey ahead to God.
Role of the University Council:
The University Council is the highest decision making body of the University. It is responsible for providing strategic direction for the management team of the University, bearing in mind the University’s mission/vision.
The Regent Community wishes the new University Council a successful term of office.