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Distinguished Administrator and Educator from Ghana Receives Honorary Degree from WSSU

March 28, 2011
   The Board of Trustees of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) voted unanimously to confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters to Dr. Naana Opoku-Agyemang, noted administrator, educator, scholar, author and humanitarian from Ghana, during her visit to the university campus.

    Opoku-Agyemang, vice chancellor and chief administrator of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) Ghana, served as the speaker for the 2011 Spring Assembly at WSSU.  The first woman to serve as chief administrator of a university in Ghana, she has developed a globally-known institution.  Under her leadership, UCC has signed international agreements with colleges and universities around the world, including WSSU, Guilford College and the University of Minnesota.

    “Through our agreement with the University of Cape Coast, we were able to send a delegation to Ghana last summer and will have a second group of students there this year for their Summer Study Abroad Program,” said WSSU Provost Brenda Allen.  “With the support of Dr. Opoku-Agyemang, we are currently developing a more comprehensive student and faculty exchange, as well as research collaboration.”

    Opoku-Agyemang has also served as a visiting and exchange scholar at universities in Europe, Africa and the United States, most recently as the Presidential International Visiting Scholar at Wheelock College in Boston.

    In addition to being an educator, Opoku-Agyemang has become a noted scholar and author through her research on areas of literature by women in Ghana, the resistance to enslavement in Ghana and West Africa, and the transatlantic slave trade.  She was one of five scholars selected from around the world by the United Nations to deliver presentations during the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery.

    Also a compassionate humanitarian, Dr. Opoku-Agyemang has worked diligently to encourage, empower and inspire girls, women and the people of Ghana to invest in education.  She was honored by the Komenda Traditional Council for her outstanding contributions towards education in that area.

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