Fulbright and Study of the U.S. Alumna Appointed Ghana’s Minister of Education

Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang at the Regional Partners Meeting for the Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang at the Regional Partners Meeting for the Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photo Credit, Higher Education for Development Fulbright Scholar Program alumna Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang has been appointed by President John Mahama as Ghana’s new Minister of Education.

Professor Opoku-Agyemang received a 1994 Fulbright Scholar Program Senior Research grant to Eastern Washington University. Later, she participated in a 2003 Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars on Contemporary American Literature at Northern Illinois University. At that time, she was a dean and associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Cape Coast. Her husband is also a Fulbright alumnus.

Born in 1951, Opoku-Agyemang was raised in Cape Coast, Ghana. She received her B.A. at the University of Cape Coast and her master’s and doctoral degrees from York University in Toronto, Canada.

In 2007, Professor Opoku-Agyemang was selected as one of five scholars from around the world to speak at the United Nations for the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

She made history in 2008 when she became vice chancellor and president of University of Cape Coast, making her the first woman to hold a position at this level in Ghana.

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the development and promotion of quality education in Ghana, she has received the Ghana Women of Excellence Award.