The Presiding Bishop of The Methodist Church Ghana and the Chairman of the University Council, Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo has welcomed and introduced the new Vice -Chancellor for the Methodist University Ghana, Professor Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson to the Methodist Church, Council, Staff, and Students.
This was done in a short ceremony at the Conference Office of The Methodist Church Ghana on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.
According to the Presiding Bishop, the ceremony was very special in the history of the Church, the University, and its partners in education as he welcomed the first Vice-Chancellor since the University was granted autonomy on Tuesday, August 30, 2022.
According to him, Methodist education is well known and it’s seen as a milestone that was going to support the University education in Ghana.
He noted that the new Vice-Chancellor was not new in education and Ghana when it comes to championing Tertiary Education which gives the Church the biggest delight to introduce him to the Council, management of the University, staff, and students population, and to the whole world that the church and the university are in a straight path in having a new person who had come to manage the affairs of the university.
On behalf of The Methodist Church Ghana and the University Council, the Presiding Bishop, Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo welcomed Professor Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson into office as the first Vice-Chancellor of the Methodist University Ghana after the autonomy was granted by the government of Ghana.
He prayed for God’s blessings and God’s peace during his tenure and hoped that with God on his side, he would form a formidable institution to the Glory of God.
The presiding Bishop also made mentioned that the university is dear to the heart of the church and that even non-Methodists who had tasted the Methodist education wish to see Methodist institutions grow because of the kind of philosophy they had.
He noted that the Church is confident in the stature and caliber of the person of Prof. Bondzi-Simpson, he assured him of their continuous support and the church’s availability to enable him to succeed just as his predecessors.
In his response, the new Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson thanked the Presiding Bishop, the Church, and the University Council for the appointment and the humble call to serve.
He also acknowledged and appreciated the late Presiding Bishop, Most Rev. Samuel Asante-Antwi for his vision and all past Presiding Bishops for bringing the University this far.
He also acknowledged and expressed his unqualified appreciation to his predecessors who had held offices since the inception of the University, past and present management, and past and present staff of the University for their Service.
In a brief submission, Prof. Bondzi-Simpson mentioned a few areas which he hoped to accomplish as his strategic trust during his tenure. They are the name of the University, and the motto of the University, which is Excellence Morality Service which hoped the university would live it.
According to him, the University would work to achieve excellence, the quality of its outputs, and Morality which encompasses Christianity, and ensure that the university distinguished itself as a Christian university in the best tradition of the people called Methodists. And Service which would deploy the development of intellectual abilities to make the world a better place.
He again underscored that the collaboration between the Church and the University had to be deepened for mutual benefit.
Prof. Bondzi-Simpson promised the Church that he would ensure that the Church’s support to the university would not become one way benefit but a mutually beneficial one.
He hoped and prayed that by the end of his tenure, there would be evidence of mutually beneficial collaborations.
He cited examples like the university organizing short courses and the likes for Ministers and Church office administrators, scholarships for all, and leveraging the church’s educational Directorate, health and otherwise in order to develop the university’s programs in Agriculture in due course can be developed and the like can leverage the linkages and other establishments of the church.
“As a University, we should be able to deliver a top-notch cutting-edge scholarship in our teaching, our research, and service.
The days should cease when people progressing from one level to the other may not see their results when on the eve of graduation, we are still not too sure “, he stated.
He added that the day should arrive when the University would deliver Public Lectures that would shake the country and shake the continent.
He concluded on how important the university should recognize its financial situation and work towards attaining financial viability and how to increase students numbers as a university.
In conclusion, Prof. Bondzi Simpson mentioned that in two years to come, the University would be 25 years in existence and hinted that it would be appropriate for a planning committee to start work now for MUG @ 25 to be launched in 2024.
“By that period, there would be a presentation of a model University where excellence would be achieved, morality would be manifested and service would be rendered”, he added.
Prof. Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, a Professor of Law, a Barrister, and a Solicitor, is the Vice-chancellor, of MUG. Having been appointed to the position, he assumed official duty on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. 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 Enrollment as Barrister and Solicitor from Ghan School of Law; and an LLB degree from the University of Ghana.
Prof. Bpndzi-Simpson has over (30) thirty years of working experience in consulting and education. He was the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Law and Dean of the School of Business at the University of Cape Coast. He was the Director of Legal Services and investigations at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and a Senior Lecturer at the Ghana Schools of Law.
He has also been heavily involved in teaching and promoting higher education in institutions such as Kofi Annan Internation Peacekeeping Center, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration Ghana,(GIMPA), Police College, North Carolina Central University School of Law, and Central University.
Prof. Bondzi-Simpson is a member of the Ghana Bar Association, where he has served as the Chairman of its Committee on Continuing Legal Education and Professional Development, a member of the University Teachers Association of Ghana, a member of the International Association of Law Schools’ Deans Forum and the convener on the Conference of Law Deans (Ghana).
He has specialised training in the areas of Humans Rights and Humanitarian Law, Governance of Higher Education Institutions, Project Management, Senior Academic Leadership Training, Management of Higher Education Institutions, International Law and Relations, Securities selling and Investment Advice, and Public International Law.
You are welcome, Prof. Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson.