The Governing Council of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) last Friday inducted Professor Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson as the new Rector of the institute at a ceremony in Accra.
Prof. Bondzi-Simpson, who until his induction, had served as the Acting Rector of the Institute from March to April, this year, was confirmed by the GIMPA Council in June 2017.
The Chairman of the GIMPA Council, Mr Kofi Darko Asante, administered the oath of office to the new rector who was presented with the MACE by Prof. Franklyn Manu, the immediate former rector of the institute as a symbol of authority.
The Council, therefore, charged the new rector to do everything within his authority and come up with innovations that would enhance the current image of the institute.
Prof. Bondzi-Simpson, 55, is a Professor of Law, and former Founding Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Cape Coast.
He holds a Postgraduate diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast, an S.J.D. in Corporate Law from the University of Toronto, Canada; an LLM in Human Rights from the University of Saskatchewan; a Qualifying Certificate for Enrolment as Barrister and Solicitor from the Ghana School of Law; and an LLB degree from the University of Ghana.
Prof. Bondzi-Simpson has over 30 years of work experience in consulting and education. He was the Director of Legal Services and Investigations at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice and a Senior Lecturer at the Ghana School of Law.
He has also been involved in teaching and promoting higher education in institutions such as the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Ghana Police College, North Carolina Central University School of Law, and the Central University College, Ghana.
Prof. Bondzi-Simpson is a member of the Ghana Bar Association, where he served as the Chairman of its Committee on continuing Legal Education and Professional Development, member of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), member of the International Association of Law Schools’ Deans Forum and the Convenor on the Conference of Law Deans (Ghana).
Ready to serve
Delivering his acceptance speech, Prof. Bondzi-Simpson thanked the GIMPA Council for the confidence reposed in him and pledged to work to advance the mission and vision of the institute.
"I will continue to ensure that the institute upholds its tenet of excellence without compromising on quality and pledge to create an academic community for life-long learning experience," he said.
Prof. Bondzi-Simpson said he was ready and determined to transform the institute with the help of stakeholders into a world-class facility focusing on courses such as criminal justice and economics relevant to national development.
He said GIMPA would engage the government for fair and dispassionate dialogue that would benefit the interest of the nation on outstanding issues faced by the institute.