KNUST Vice Chancellor: Fast Facts About Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso


Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2016.

His appointment was decided at the University Council’s 238th Special Meeting held on Thursday, May 19, 2016. It is a four-year tenure which took effect from August 1, 2016, and will end on June 31, 2020.

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Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso replaced Professor William Otoo Ellis, who was appointed in May 2010. Prof. Ellis was re-appointed the Vice-Chancellor of KNUST after the University Council endorsed his performance at the end of his first term of four years, for a second term of two years which ended in July, 2016.

About Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso

Christian Kwasi Obiri-Danso is a Professor of Environmental Microbiology/Environmental Health. He is well known as a scholar of international repute.

He started his education at St. Anthony Preparatory School in Accra. He spent a year at the Salem School in Aburi before proceeding to the Swedru Secondary School for his Ordinary and Advanced Level Certificates.



He obtained a Bachelors Degree in Biological Science, and an M.Phil in Food Microbiology from the KNUST, before proceeding to Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, to earn a Certificate in Modeling Duration Data and a Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology.

Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso began his academic career in 1987, and has since risen from the lowest position of Teaching Assistant, to the most revered apex rank of Professor after 27 years. Below is his academic career history:

  • Teaching Assistant (1987-1989)
  • Lecturer (1990-2000)
  • Research Assistant at the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Lancaster University (1996-1999)
  • Senior Lecturer (2000-2007)
  • Associate Professor (2007-2014)
  • Professor (2014-present)

All through these years, Professor Obiri-Danso has held various academic positions both within and outside the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Some of the positions include: Head of Department, Dean of Faculty, and Dean at the International Programmes Office. He last served as the Provost of the KNIST College of Science, before becoming the University’s Vice-Chancellor.

At the time of his appointment as VC, he was Chairman, Kumasi Polytechnic Council; Chairman, National Nuclear Research Institute; Member, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission and Member, Implementation Committee for University of Environment and Sustainable Development.

Professor Obiri-Danso has over a hundred publications and conference papers to his credit.

He is married with a son.