Three (3) Vie for Pro VC Position in AAMUSTED

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Convocation Members of the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) will go to the polls on November 3, 2023, to elect a Pro Vice-Chancellor.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Frederick Kwaku Sarfo, with reference to the AAMUSTED Act, 2020 (Act 1026) and the University Governing Council decision on the appointment of a Pro Vice-Chancellor, has nominated two Professors and an Associate Professor to vie for the vacant position.

The nominees are Associate Professor (Mrs) Margaret Esi Essilfie, a specialist in Agronomy and Crop Physiology at the Asante Mampong Campus of the University; Professor Humphrey Danso, a specialist in Sustainable Construction, Competency-Based Training (CBT), and TVET Education; and Prof. Isaac Boateng, a specialist in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Climate Change Modelling, both at the Kumasi Campus.

A widely circulated official notice of the election, signed by the Registrar, Mr. Augustus Kwaw Brew, and dated October 19, 2023, indicated that the election will take place on November 3, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor position became vacant following the exit of Prof. Stephen Jobson Mitchual to take up the substantive Vice-Chancellor role at the University of Education Winneba (UEW).

Below are brief profiles of the nominees:


Assoc. Prof. (Mrs.) Margaret Esi Essilfie is an Associate Professor in Agronomy and Crop Physiology with fourteen (14) years of teaching and administrative experience at the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development, Asante Mampong campus.

She earned a degree in B.Ed in Agriculture Education in 2000 at the University of Education, Winneba, Asante Mampong campus. She obtained her MPhil in Crop Science in 2005 and PhD Crop Science in 2015 from the University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, Ghana.

Prof. (Mrs.) Essilfie is currently the Head of the Department for Crop and Soil Sciences Education in the Faculty of Agriculture Education, AAMUSTED, Mampong campus. She teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students pursuing agriculture and related sciences in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences education and in other faculties at the Mampong campus.

She focuses on courses such as Climate Change and Agricultural Sustainable Productivity in the Tropics, Advanced Plantation and Fruit Tree Crops, Advances in Agronomy and Crop Physiology at the postgraduate regular and sandwich level as well as Crop Physiology, Principles and Practices of Arable Crop Production, Seed and Arable Crop Production and Management, Plantation and Industrial Crop Production and Management, Principles and Practices of Horticulture Crop Production, Weed Science, Crop Production, Plant Physiology, and Plant Growth and Development at the undergraduate level and then.

Prof. (Mrs.) Essilfie has a lot of significant administrative experience as a Lecturer, former Vice Dean of Student Affairs, Head of Department, Faculty Graduate Coordinator, Department Examination Officer, Academic Counsellor, and Gender Desk Coordinator. She had served on a number of Statutory Boards and Committees in the University.

She has attended several conferences, workshops, and seminars both locally, nationally, and internationally. She has thirty (30) publications currently and has been cited many times. She is an External Assessor for postgraduate thesis in the area of Agronomy and crop physiology at some universities in Ghana. Her research interests include; cropping systems, integrated nutrient management, plant-soil relations, Crop Growth, Development and Yield to Crop Management, Post-Harvest Management, and Climate-smart Agriculture.

Prof. Essilfie has significant professional experience in project management. She is currently the project lead on the FERARI project; “On-farm and on-station fertilizer trials on maize and soybean production at Asante Mampong and Atebubu-Amantin municipalities” co-funded by International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) and FERARI and implemented by Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Education, with project cumulative grant amount of GHc 730,220 from 2012 to 2023.



Prof. Humphrey Danso is a highly motivated individual with a Sustainable Construction, Competency-Based Training (CBT), and TVET Education background. He is a Professor, a Consultant, and a Researcher in Sustainable Construction Materials, Construction Management, and TVE Education. He is currently the Ag. Dean of the Faculty of Technology Education at the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development, Kumasi. He has twenty-six (26) years of working experience in both pre-tertiary and tertiary education in Ghana, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Prof. Danso is a holder of PhD (Civil Engineering) from the University of Portsmouth, UK, MPhil (Civil Engineering) from the Voronezh University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Russia; MTech (Competency-Based Training) from the University of Education, Ghana; and B.Ed. (Construction Technology) from the University of Education, Ghana. He is also a holder of an M.Sc in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

Prof. Danso possesses excellent communication and writing skills, interpretation and analytic skills, and is fluent in written and oral English. This is evident in his publications in over Eighty (80) international journal article and international conference presentations. The following are links to his publications:

Prof. Danso has a broad knowledge and experience in Sustainable Construction, Competency-Based Training (CBT), and TVET Education in Ghana, Russia, UK, and Australia as he studied in those countries. He has consulted widely for the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, NUFFIC, National Teaching Council (NTC), and the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET).



Prof. Isaac Boateng is a keen individual with interdisciplinary knowledge. He has over 20 years’ worth of professional experience in research, teaching, and learning in higher education. He has been a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy since 2009.

His research leadership and higher education management expertise span Ghana, Denmark, and the UK. His research and consultancy interests are in the areas of general education, coastal engineering, climate change, coastal and river adaptation to climate change, coastal and marine resource management, shoreline management planning, environmental management, and applied coastal and fluvial geomorphology. He is also an expert in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and modeling Climate Change.

Prof. Boateng was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth (One of the leading universities in the UK) for over 11 years. In his quest to contribute to the development of Ghana his motherland and Africa as a whole, he returned to Ghana in 2018 to lecture at the University of Education Winneba (UEW). He was the Dean of the Faculty of Business Education at the erstwhile UEW campus in Kumasi, now the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skill Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) between 2019 and 2022.

Currently, he is the Acting Director of the Institute of Life-Long Learning and Teacher Professional Development at AAMUSTED.

He is an astute international scholar with high-level leadership experience on a global scale. He has several academic publications with over 730 citations and still counting. The following are links to his publications: