Mary Chinery-Hesse is reappointed as chancellor of the University of Ghana.

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The University of Ghana Council has formally declared that Mrs. Mary Chinery-Hesse has been reappointed as the prestigious institution’s chancellor.

Her appointment for a second five-year term, beginning on August 1 and ending on July 31, 2028, was authorized by the Council in its meeting on July 6, 2023, following a careful vetting procedure.

The first female Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Mrs. Mary Chinery-Hesse, has an impressive background in both the United Nations and Ghana’s civil service.

She has committed her energies to promoting women’s and human rights, as well as African imperatives, conflict resolution, and mediation. She is acknowledged as a leading figure in economic and development issues.

A pioneer in her area, Mrs. Chinery-Hesse made history by becoming the first African woman to hold the position of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the first African woman to be appointed as the Resident Coordinator of the UN System.

Since taking on the Chancellor’s position in August 2018, Mrs. Chinery-Hesse has proven her excellent abilities in a number of roles. She is a Friend of the African Union Panel of the Wise, a former Chief Advisor to the President of Ghana, a retired Deputy Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), and a former Vice-Chairperson of the National Development Planning Commission, among other notable accomplishments.

Additionally, the University of Ghana, Mrs. Chinery-Hesse’s alma institution, recognized her extraordinary services by conferring on her an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1991. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree in Economics from the University of London in November 2021, which is another important recognition. Due to their shared history, which dates back to the founding of the University College of the Gold Coast, where University of London degrees were awarded to its students, this recognition has also encouraged a renewed relationship between the University of Ghana and the University of London.

In a news release, the University of Ghana expressed the congratulations of the entire university community to Mrs. Mary Chinery-Hesse on her re-appointment as Chancellor.

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