Professor Andy Ofori-Birikorang has been appointed as the acting Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) until the appointment of a substantive Vice-Chancellor.
Until his appointment Prof. Ofori-Birikorang was the Dean of Faculty of Foreign Languages Education and Communication.
He takes over from Rev. Fr Professor Anthony Afful-Broni whose tenure officially ended on September 30, 2021.
In a letter signed by the Chairman of the University Governing Council stated, “in the premise, section 14 (2)(b) of the University of Education, Winneba Act , 2004 (Act 672) and statute 10(21) of UEW statutes (2020) are invoked to mandate you to act as vice chancellor of the university effective today, October 1, 2021 until the appointment of a substantive vice chancellor.”
“Be reminded that the terms and conditions of service of this new office remain the same as those covering your position as Pro vice chancellor in the university. As the chairman of the governing council, I wish you the best in your new role albeit on an interim basis,” the letter concluded.
At his first meeting with management of the University, Prof. Ofori-Birikorang, said: “All of us here were members of the previous management, headed by the Very Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni. Therefore, not much by way of continuity of policies and projects will change”.
“We’re going to continue with what we’ve been doing, what we set off doing, and what we’ve been part of in a very progressive manner. But more importantly, we need at this point to forge unity, reconciliation, and inclusion to ensure that everybody is satisfied with the system.”
He assured the university community and all stakeholders of the prudent management of the university’s resources to the collective benefit of all.
“This team is going to lay another solid foundation for whoever will eventually take over as a substantive Vice-Chancellor. I’m a caretaker Vice-Chancellor because I’m acting. Every other person here is more or less substantive and will be with the next Vice-Chancellor. I’m the only caretaker here, but together we’d want to forge unity and reconciliation to consolidate a fitting foundation for whoever eventually takes over as substantive Vice-Chancellor.”
“We are not going to run a reconciliation that brings some people on board and marginalises others. That’s why we’re talking about inclusion. So, in the course of the weeks, even if I’m going to act for one week or two weeks, this will be our guiding post and through this, victory shall be ours as UEW,” Prof. Ofori-Birikorang stressed.