Valley View University has recently appointed a new Vice Chancellor, and the appointment happened to be groundbreaking as the new VC is the youngest Vice Chancellor Ghana has ever had.
Professor Daniel K. Bediako has become Ghana’s youngest Vice Chancellor after his installation to the high office of the Valley View University (VVU), one of Ghana’s respectable private universities.
He is the youngest Vice Chancellor in Ghana now as he is saddled with this great responsibility at the age of 39. He is watched by wife and two kids as he is
Prof. Bediako who is an alumnus of the school becomes the third VC since the school became a full-fledged university. He bagged a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology from Valley View University where he is now the first alumnus of the school as well as the youngest to occupy the honorable position.
While giving out his inaugural speech on Monday, Prof Bediako expressed his gratitude to the University Council and West-Central Africa Division of the SDA for giving him the opportunity to serve in the high office of a Vice Chancellor. His words:
My personal vision is to make this University a leading centre of excellence for value-based Christian education that expresses itself in quality teaching, research, and community service”.
Consequently, it shall become the preference for students and the pride of alumni, the employer of the best faculty and staff, and the partner of choice in community, with donors and friends keen to fund and to advocate for our priorities.”
For this to be achieved, the University needs to re-evaluate its direction and scope, and fully explore its competitive advantage,” he added.
He went on to explain that the University’s Strategic Plan would be reviewed. this is to ensure that it was responsive both to the realities on the ground and to the business of higher education service delivery in the church and the country.
We pledge transparency in leadership and commitment to the core values of the institution – Excellence, Integrity and Service – in the discharge of our duties and in our relationships,” Prof Bediako stated.
Prof. Bediako also holds a PhD and a Master of Arts in Religion (New Testament Studies), both from the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Philippines.
He had his basic education at Brodi in the Brong Ahafo region and proceeded to the Presbyterian Secondary School at Sampa also in the Brong Ahafo region, where he earned a Senior Secondary School Certificate in 1995.
Prof Bediako, started his career as a Teaching Assistant in the Theology Department after his first degree in 2002, and has since been working there.
Before his new appointment in November 2015, he was the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Acting Pro Vice Chancellor, and later the Acting VC.
Prof Bediako promised to follow the steps of his predecessors “who had set high standards for academic leadership and championed the cause of private tertiary education” in Ghana.
He said the University currently faced several challenges, which could weigh heavily on them within the next five years.
As all of you could see, upon entry into the campus, there is a huge building project, the chapel, which will take no less than $ 1.5 million to complete,” he explained.
We are also servicing a loan facility taken from the Prudential Bank for the construction of halls of residence and staff housing, and this will take five additional years to service”.
The walling of the main campus has to be completed and a significant portion of the land is yet to be acquired”.
He said the University was struggling with inadequacies in infrastructure such as library and its resources, lecture halls, offices, residential accommodation, and academic staffing; of which only 15 per cent of faculty had earned terminal degrees.
We also have challenges in student enrollment. Since 2014, there has been a gradual decline in enrollment, especially of regular students, who currently constitute only 32 per cent of the total student population,” Prof Bediako said.
Our inability to clearly identify and promote flagship programmes and the limited number of programme offerings currently available equally serve to our disadvantage,” he added.
Emerging a VC at the age of 39, Professor Daniel K. Bediako has broken records to become the youngest Vice Chancellor that Ghana has ever had.
His hobbies are thinking, reading, football, table-tennis, music composition, and listening to sounds of birds.