Vacancy: Appointment of Vice-Chancellor | UPSA

The Governing Council of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) and the Search Committee for the Vice-Chancellor announce a search for the University’s next Vice-Chancellor. UPSA invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for this exciting leadership opportunity. The post of VICE-CHANCELLOR of the University will become vacant on January 1, 2025.


The University of Professional Studies, Accra was established in 1965 as a private institution and was taken over by the Government of Ghana in 1979. The Institute of Professional Studies Act of 1999 (Act 566) was enacted by Parliament which transformed it into a tertiary institution. The Institute attained fully fledged university status on 1st September, 2008 when it was granted a Presidential Charter.

The Institute was renamed the University of Professional Studies, Accra on 9th October, 2012 following the Presidential Assent to the University of Professional Studies Bill passed by Parliament on 31st July, 2012 to bring into effect the University of Professional Studies Act, 2012 (Act 850).

The ten-year Strategic Plan (2022-2031) serves as a guide to Management for pursuing the university’s transformation agenda.



The University seeks a visionary, innovative and inspirational Vice-Chancellor with a demonstrated track record of success in strategic planning. The Vice-Chancellor is the academic and administrative head of the University and is responsible to the Council for maintaining and promoting order and efficiency of the University.

The new Vice-Chancellor will be a champion for academic quality, and a strong advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion and must have the demonstrated ability to:

  1. Lead the university forward by identifying opportunities, as well as developing and implementing a strategic vision that ensures implementation of the university’s mission.
  2. Assure that the university’s finances are managed and revenue streams are developed and grown to support the achievement of the strategic vision of the university.
  3. Develop and present an annual operating budget to the Governing Council for approval and oversee implementation of the annual budget.
  4. ⁠Promote and encourage the university’s role in economic development, research, and the development of global competence in students and the community.
  5. Provide novel and creative approaches to problem-solving and decision-making.



  • A candidate seeking appointment as Vice-Chancellor must:
  • Be of professorial status in a University or an analogous institution.
  • Demonstrate successful leadership experience in higher education administration, and experience in leading and managing a large, complex organisation in a challenging financial environment.
  • Possess a record of excellence in teaching, research, and service activities at a university.
  • Be visionary, business-oriented and be able to establish rapport between industry, the community and the University for the promotion of common purpose.
  • Have proven leadership, management and communication skills on a senior management level.
  • Have the capacity and network to raise funds and other resources for research and other developmental activities of the University.
  • Be sober with maturity and drive for sound and impartial judgement.



  • The Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed for a period of four (4) years. The appointment may be renewed, upon application for a further term of up to four (4) years only, if that is not beyond the statutory retirement age of sixty (60) years.
  • Applicants should be able to complete one full term prior to attaining the statutory retirement age.



Interested applicants should download the Application Form from the University of Professional Studies, Accra, website ( and forward the completed form together with the following:

An up-to-date curriculum vitae with documentation on personal history, academic credentials and working experience;

  • A strategic statement of about 2500 words (not more than five pages) that addresses specifically how their experiences and qualifications intersect with UPSA’s qualifications and leadership agenda outlined in this profile.
  • Applicants are required to submit the complete application pack addressed to the Chairman, Search Committee (Vice-Chancellor), University of Professional Studies, Accra through [email protected] (electronic copy). The application pack should be submitted as a single PDF file and should contain the information stated above.
  • In addition to the electronic e-mail copy, one hard copy ONLY should be delivered to the UPSA campus addressed to:





P. O. BOX LG 149



All applicants shall request three (3) referees to submit reports on them directly to the Chairman, Search Committee (Post of Vice-Chancellor) through [email protected] before 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

It is the duty of the applicant to ensure that the application package and all reference letters reach the designated email address before 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.


Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.



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