Professor (Mrs) Rita Akosua Dickson has been appointed as the first female vice-chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
The appointment of Prof Rita Akosua Dickson was announced on Thursday, June 25, 2020. She was appointed by the university’s Governing Council upon the acceptance of the report of the search committee for the appointment of a vice-chancellor for the university.
Prof Rita Akosua Dickson’s four year term as the vice-chancellor of KNUST will take effect from August 1, 2020.
Prior to her appointment as vice-chancellor, Prof Rita Akosua Dickson was appointed as the first female pro vice-chancellor of KNUST in September 2018.
She also served as the acting vice-chancellor in October 2018 when the then vice-chancellor Prof. Obiri Danso was asked to step aside temporarily, after protests by students resulted in violence on campus.
High School Background
Prof Dickson had her GCE Ordinary Level at St Monica’s Senior High School and Advanced Level at Wesley Girls’ High School.
Alumnus of KNUST
Prof Rita Akosua Dickson is an alumnus of KNUST. She obtained her Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) and Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degrees from KNUST in 1994 and 1999 respectively.
She also holds a PhD and a Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (GCAP) from Kings College, London.
Career as a lecturer
She began her career as a lecturer at KNUST 2000. In 2009 she was promoted to a senior lecturer and further to an associate professor in 2014. She was the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, before her appointment as pro vice-chancellor in 2018.
Her research work as a Phytochemist covers the areas ethnopharmacology, bioactive natural products from plants, phytochemistry and standardization of herbal drugs.
Some of her publications include:
Antibacterial and resistance –modifying effects of Mezoneuron benthamianum.
Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic Effects in Rodent Models of Ethanol Extract of Clausena anisata Roots and their Chemical Constituents.
Protection effect of the anthraquinones, cassiatorin and aurantio-obtusin from seeds of Senna tora against cowpea weevil attack.
Other leadership positions
Prof Rita Akosua Dickson was also the Chairperson of the Education sub-committee of the Pharmacy Council and served as an examiner in the Ghana Pharmacy Council Professional Qualifying Examination for pharmacy graduates.
As a fellow of the Ghana College of Pharmacists, she has served on several committees locally and internationally in the area of Pharmacy Education and Training.
She is a board member of the Pharmacy Council and Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana.
Prof Rita Akosua Dickson is married to Nana Dickson with four children.