Professor Nicholas N.N. Nsowah Nuamah, Ph.D, FRSS, ceremonially stepped into his new role as President of Regent University College of Science and Technology on February 16, 2017, at a colourful investiture ceremony which took place at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Regent Campus in McCarthy Hill.
The University-wide ceremony brought together students, faculty, staff and members of the extended University Community including heads of affiliate and sister tertiary institutions, traditional and religious leaders, alumni, friends of the University and a host of dignitaries and guests. The Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah, was the Guest of Honour.
The investiture ceremony provided a pristine opportunity to reflect on the proud history of Regent, and also celebrate the University’s potential for future leadership.
The investiture was a historic one, as it marked Regent’s first Presidential transition since the institution formally commenced operations in 2003. The ceremony began with a procession of Senior University officials, Council members, Deans, Faculty, and distinguished guests. An opening hymn was performed by Mr. Alfred Patrick Addaquay, a renowned Ghanaian organist, and was followed by an opening prayer offered by Nana Dr. Anyani-Boadum, the General Overseer of Jesus Generation Ministries.
In his address, the Chancellor and Founding President, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel K. Larbi, reminded the gathering, of the importance of faithfulness in carrying out one’s life assignment. He emphasized that it is through faithfulness that we “find our purpose and realize our God-given potential.” (Full speech)
He expressed gratitude to past and current members of the Regent University Council, as well as the entire Regent University community for their support during his tenure of office as the President of Regent. He also thanked his family for their unflinching support since the inception of the University.
He expressed optimism about the future of Regent, and the journey ahead. “It must be more of days and nights of hard work, prayer, determination, sacrifice, perseverance and courage”, he said. “But victory is sure. God is on our side. The best is yet to come and it will come.”
The solemn investiture session began with the Chairman of the University Council, Professor S.Y. Mensah introducing Professor Nsowah Nuamah.
The vestment, Holy Scriptures and University Statutes were then presented to the Chancellor, after which a prayer was offered over the vestment by Prophet Atsu Manasseh, General Overseer, of the Watered Garden Ministries. Intercessory prayers were offered on behalf of Prof. Nsowah-Nuamah for a successful tenure of office, divine guidance, and empowerment.
After robing the new President, the Chancellor presented the Holy Scriptures, and the University Statutes (in a tube), to Prof. Nsowah-Nuamah.
Prof. Nsowah-Nuamah proceeded to take the Oath of Office in which he pledged to “serve the Regent University College of Science and Technology selflessly” and in the best of his ability. He further pledged to “uphold, preserve, protect and defend the University College.”
Delivering his address, the newly invested President, thanked God for making the occasion possible. He expressed gratitude to the Board of Trustees and the University Council for being appointed the President of Regent.
The newly invested President paid glowing tribute to the founding President and Chancellor, Professor Larbi, for laying a “solid foundation for the past ten years” for him to build on. He commended the Founding President for spearheading the development of the University and for leading the move of University operations from satellite campuses, to a state of the art campus. (Full Speech)
He shared his vision to “position Regent University College of Science and Technology as a World Class institution of higher learning for technological innovation and entrepreneurship enhancement for sustainable development of Ghana and Africa.” He outlined four strategies that would be adopted to achieve this: obtaining a charter, increasing enrolment, making Regent a Technology and Innovation Research University, and increasing Financial Sustainability.
He expressed hope that his experiences, and risk taking nature, will be of value to Regent: “I strongly believe that opportunities are always hidden in the seed of challenges and crises”, he stated.
He was optimistic that he would live up to the trust reposed in him, and made an appeal to the Regent citizenry, and the wider community for support. “I believe together we will succeed”, he said.
Congratulatory and fraternal messages were extended to the newly-invested President, Prof. Nsowah-Nuamah, and the Regent Community by heads of affiliate Institutions, traditional leaders, representatives of the Association of African Universities, Vice Chancellors/Rectors of Technical Universities and Polytechnics, the Council of Independent Universities, the Regent University Senior Members Association, the Regent Alumni Association, the Ghana Statistical Association.
The momentous investiture ceremony ended with a closing prayer and benediction by the Most Rev. Dr. Justice Ofei Akrofi, the former Archbishop (primate) of the Church of the Province of West Africa, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Regent.