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    Pharm. Sir Prof. Emeritus Kwame Sarpong Appointed KNUST Governing Council Chairman

    Sunday, July 23, 2017   (0 Comments)
    Posted by: Frank KUMI, Editor
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    Pharm. Prof. Emeritus Kwame Sarpong this month got a presidential appointment to chair the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) 30th Governing Council. The Council is the highest decision-making body of the university which implements its decisions and directives through the Academic Board of the university. 

    This latest appointment to chair the highest authoritative body of Ghana's leading science and technology university is an extension of a successful career as an eminent academician with an unparalleled track record and extensive credentials.

    Professor Kwame Sarpong, was born on the 6th of January, 1940, at Akyem Swedru and got baptized into the Catholic faith in Kumasi. After his primary education in Kumasi at the then Government Boys (now Asem) School, he attended the Opoku Ware School, Kumasi. He read Bachelor of Pharmacy degree (19961-1965) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi and studied for the Doctor of Philosophy degree at Chelsea College, (now Kings College) University of London (1966-1970).

    He began his career in 1970 at his alma mater (KNUST) as a lecturer and rose to the rank of a Full Professor in Pharmacognosy in 1992. In addition to Pharmacognosy, he taught courses in Herbal Medicine. Additionally, he taught Ethics as well as Pharmacy and Drug Laws.

    He has also served for brief periods in other lands;

    • Visiting Professor and Research Associate in Howard University, Washington DC
    • Lecturer in the University of Lagos
    • External Examiner in the universities of Benin, Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo, Ile-Ife, all in Nigeria and University of Nairobi, Kenya

    In addition to his service as a professor, he has held a number of positions in the University, and on national and international bodies.

    KNUST: Member of the University Council and other prominent committees including Academic Board, Executive Committee, University Appointment and Promotions Committee, Head of Department of Pharmacognosy, Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Foundation Provost of the College of Health Sciences.

    He is also a former President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, Chief Examiner for Ghana Pharmacy Council as well as the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists

    He served as a member of the following boards and committees in the past:

    Ghana Standards Board Technical Committee on Drugs, National Committee of the West African Biosciences Network of the International Union of Biological Sciences, National Co-ordinating Committee of Commonwealth Sciences, Council on African Medicinal Plants, Trust Hospital Management Board, National Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, Council of the Centre for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine, Pharmacy Board, Ghana Pharmacy Council, Ghana Medical and Dental Council and its Education and Disciplinary Committees, Council of West African Pharmaceutical Federation, Research Committee of the West African Health Community, Council of the Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association, Corresponding Member to the Presidency of the Medicinal Plant Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation, Member of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Member of Special Advisory Group on Technical Cooperation to the Director General of IAEA for six (6) years.

    He also served as chairman of the following: Ghana Atomic Energy Commission; Ghana National Committee of Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine; Research Committee of the West African Pharmaceutical Federation; Governing Board and later Joint Faculty Board of the West African Post-graduate College of Pharmacists, Parish Council of the KNUST Catholic Church for six (6) years. and Board Governors of the Opoku Ware School.

    Honours

    Professor Kwame Sarpong is an educator, researcher, administrator, family man, counsellor and servant of Lord. In recognition of his contribution to academia and service to humanity, he has over the years received honours including the following: Fulbright-Hays Scholar; African/American Exchange Programme Fellowships; Fellow, Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana; Founding Fellow, West African Post-graduate College of Pharmacists; Pharmacy Council Meritorious Award; Ministry of Health Meritorious Award; Opoku Ware School Golden Jubilee Award; Doctor of Science honoris causa (DSc. hc) KNUST, during the University’s Golden Jubilee Celebration in 2002.

    He was honoured by His Lordship Peter Kwasi Sarpong at his Silver Jubilee Celebration as a Bishop. In his Millennium Awards, Pope John Paul II decorated him with the papal medal Pro-ecclesia et Pontifice for services to the Church and the Papacy and he was Knighted by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI as Papal Knight of the Order of Pope St. Sylvester.

    He was appointed PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF PHARMACOGNOSY in 2010.