UPSA Graduate School honours Prof. Kwaku Mensah Mawutor
The School of Graduate Studies (SOGS), on Thursday, December 1, organised a farewell party for its outgoing Dean, Prof John Kwaku Mensah Mawutor, at a colourful send-off ceremony held at the premises of the SOGS.
The well-attended event was an acknowledgement of the years of dedicated service Prof Mawutor has rendered to the Graduate School.
The occasion attracted Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments, Coordinators, staff, students leaders as well as friends and well-wishers.
Prof Mawutor is leaving the SOGS after 10 years of service to take up his new appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of UPSA, effective January 1, 2023.
In a glowing tribute, the incoming Dean of SOGS, Dr Samuel Antwi, congratulated Prof Mawutor on his new position and wished him well.
He said that under the sterling leadership of Prof. Mawutor, the School of Graduate Studies has undergone massive transformation and has become the preferred destination for graduate studies in Ghana.
In his address, Prof Mawutor, who is affectionately called ‘Chairman K’, thanked the management and staff of SOGS for the recognition and commended them for the support accorded him during his tenure as Dean.
He asked the team to extend their support to the newly-appointed Dean.
Prof. Mawutor also took advantage of the occasion to thank those who had influenced his life. He singled out the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Accounting and Finance, Dr Kwadwo Obeng, who he described as a “mentor counsellor, guide and a fatherly figure.”
Guests and well-wishers at the event took turns to deliver goodwill messages to the outgoing Dean while congratulating him for his elevation.
About Professor Mawutor
Professor John Kwaku Mensah Mawutor is an Associate Professor of Accounting. Prior to his appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mawutor served as the third Dean of the School of Graduate Studies from 2016–2022, having worked as Vice Dean of SOGS between 2015 and 2016, and as the Program’s Coordinator from 2012–2015.
As Dean, he worked diligently under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor and collaborated with the University Community in developing and expanding the graduate programmes from nine in 2016 to 21 in 2022.
Through his innovativeness and student-centeredness, the graduate student population also witnessed a significant growth from about 600 to almost 2,000 within the same period.
Prof. Mawutor is an astute professional Accountant with over 16 years of experience in Higher Education, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG).
His experience spans Governance, Accounting, and Finance. He has also served on several university statutory committees.
Prof. Mawutor’s research focus is on capital flight in Ghana and Sub-Saharan African countries. He is an astute anti-corruption crusader.
He is also an Associate member of the Institute of Fraud Examiners (USA) and has been a member of the University’s Academic Board as well as a member of the Executive Committee.