Monday, September 28, 2015

UDS Appoints Prof. Teye As New Vice Chancellor

Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye

The Governing Council of the University for Development Studies (UDS) has appointed Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University, as its new Vice Chancellor.

According to a press release published on the University’s website,– on Monday September 28, 2015 and signed by the Registrar and Secretary of the UDS Governing Council Dr. A.B.T. Zakaria, the appointment of Prof. Teye takes effect from Tuesday October 1, 2015.

Prof. Teye replaces Prof. Haruna Yakubu whose tenure as Vice Chancellor of the UDS expires on October 1, 2015. Prof. Yakubu served for five years (2010-2015) as Vice Chancellor after he was appointed by the former Council of the University to take over from Prof. Sagary Nokoe who was acting Vice Chancellor. 

Prof. Teye was appointed a lecturer in the Animal Science Department of the Faculty of Agriculture, UDS in 1996. He was promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer in 2006. In October 2011, he was promoted to the position of Associate Professor, and July 2014, he was promoted to the rank of full professor.

Prof. Teye graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Agriculture (Animal Science), from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, in 1991. In 1996, he obtained a Master of Science (Meat Science) also from KNUST, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Meat Science and Technology) from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom (UK) in 2005. He also holds a Diploma in Modern Management and Administration, which he obtained in 2004 from Cambridge International College, UK.  

Prior to his appointment as Vice Chancellor, Prof. Teye held several positions in the University for Development Studies. He was the Head of the Department of Animal Science from 2005 to 2008, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture from 2008 to 2012 and the Dean-in-Charge of the Nyankpala Campus from 2009 to 2013. 

He was elected and appointed as Pro-Vice Chancellor from November 2012 to October 2014. He again contested and won the election for the position of Pro-Vice Chancellor in November 2014, and he was still serving his second term in office as Pro-Vice Chancellor, which was to end in November 2016, when the University Council appointed him as the new Vice Chancellor.

Prof. Teye also contested and won an election as Convocation representative (professorial) on the University Council in September 2011 and served in this capacity from 2011 to 2012, when he was appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor. He has served as Chairman and Member of several statutory and adhoc Committees and Boards in the University.

Prof. Haruna Yakubu
Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye has fifty-eight (58) academic research publications in refereed journals, twenty-eight (28) papers in referenced conference proceedings and magazines, and thirty-eight (38) non-referenced conference proceedings. He has also published four (4) books.

Established in May 1992 by the Government of Ghana, the UDS exist to blend the academic world with that of the community in order to provide constructive interaction between the two for the total development of Northern Ghana, in particular, and the country as a whole. 

It began academic work in September 1993 with the admission of thirty-nine (39) students into the Faculty of Agriculture, (FOA), Nyankpala campus. The Faculty of Integrated Development Studies, (FIDS), Faculty of Planning and Land Management (FPLM) and Faculty of Education (FOE), Wa, School of Business, Wa, School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), Tamale, Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources (FRNR), Nyankpala, Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS), Faculty of Mathematical Sciences (FMS), Navrongo and the Graduate School now in Tamale were phased in from 1994 to date.

UDS is unique compared to other public universities considering its location and multi campuses which are spread out in rural Northern Ghana where the incidence and depth of poverty is high. The UDS has four (4) campuses, seven (7) Faculties, a Business School, one Medical School, one Graduate School and three (3) centres. Several programs are run at these places.

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