Ghanaian Professor installed as Principal of University of Toronto – Scarborough

A Ghanaian Professor, Wisdom Tettey, has been installed as the Vice President and Principal of the University of Toronto-Scarborough in the largest city of Canada.
He is the first Black person to head the campus.
His installation took place at the Scarborough campus of the University of Toronto amidst academic pageantry with the blasting of Ghanaian traditional song in the background.
The ceremony was well attended by dignitaries and academia including the Vice Chancellor, academic staff, students and family members/representatives from the Toronto Ghanaian community.


Professor Wisdom Tettey outlined his ambitious plans for the University of Toronto Scarborough during his installation Monday as vice-president and principal.

Prior to UBC, he spent 13 years at the University of Calgary and before that was at Queen’s University, where he received his PhD in political studies and began his academic career”
Prof. Wisdom Tettey was a product of Univeristy of Ghana, Legon before heading to Canada.

Before arriving Canada to complete his master’s degree (University of British Columbia) and PhD (Queen’s University), Tettey was an undergraduate at the University of Ghana. He spent his third year in Moscow during the height of Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika and glasnost programs.

Prior to joining U of T Scarborough, he was the dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC’s Okanagan campus, where he led the development of a five-year strategic plan. He also served four years as dean of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan.

Tettey was joined at Monday’s ceremony by his spouse Natasha and two of his three children, Norvisi and Selasi.

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