Methodist Church appoints Prof. Bondzi-Simpson as first Vice-Chancellor
The Methodist Church Ghana and the Methodist University Council have announced the appointment of Professor Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson as the university’s first Vice-Chancellor.
Prof. Bondzi-Simpson’s appointment follows the award of the Presidential Charter to the University to be a full-fledged tertiary institution awarding its own certificates and degrees to students.
The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Ghana, Rev. Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo, who made the announcement, said the appointment would go down in the history of the university.
“On behalf of the Methodist Church and the Council, we welcome you as our first Vice-Chancellor after autonomy was granted by the government,” he said.
He noted that since the university was granted autonomy, Prof. Bondzi-Simpson was the first Vice-Chancellor of the university.
“The university has been in existence for over two decades, and since we were a college, we always had a president,” he said.
He indicated that the Vice-Chancellor was not a novice in education, and when it came to championing tertiary education, “that is what gives us the biggest delight as today we introduce him to the church, management of the university and the student population.”
Dr Boafo said when it came to education, the Methodists were noted for the role that they had played in tertiary education in Ghana.
He also noted that running private universities in Ghana was not an area people would want to go but, “we know the stature, calibre and strength that you have for which the council appointed you, and we pray that you bring that on board.”
He reiterated that the university was dear to the heart of the Methodist Church, and assured him of the church’s support.
Prof. Bondzi-Simpson, for his part, expressed his appreciation for the humbling call to service, adding that he would work together with the management of the institution to bring to life the motto of the university which is “Excellence, Morality, and Service.”
He also gave the assurance that the support of the church would not be a one way affair, adding that his vision was to see a mutual beneficial relationship between the church and the school by the end of his tenure.
Professor Bondzi-Simpson is a Founding Dean of the Law Faculty of the University of Cape Coast and a past Rector of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.
He holds a Postgraduate diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast and a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Corporate Law from the University of Toronto, Canada.
He also holds a Master of Laws (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 a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Ghana.