The Council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), at its 258th Special Meeting held on Thursday, June 25, 2020 has appointed Professor (Mrs.) Rita Akosua Dickson as the Vice-Chancellor of the University.
Her appointment for a Four-Year Term, takes effect from 1st August, 2020 to 31st July, 2024.
Professor Mrs. Dickson, Professor of Pharmacognosy until her appointment is the current Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University. She thus becomes the first female Vice-Chancellor of KNUST.
Facts about the new Vice-Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Professor [Mrs.] Rita Akosua Dickson
Prof Rita Akosua Dickson is an alumnus of KNUST. She earned her Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) and Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degrees from KNUST in 1994 and 1999 respectively.
She also carries a PhD and a Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (GCAP) from Kings College, London.
Career as a lecturer
She undertook 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.