Mary Chinery-Hesse has been inducted as the 10th and first woman Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon.
She succeeds former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, who had served for 10 years.
Mrs. Chinery-Hesse is expected to serve as the Chancellor for five years.
She has previously served as the Chief Director at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Member of the Governing Council of the University and as an advisor to the President John Agyekum Kufuor.
President Nana Akufo-Addo, who attended the ceremony, was full of praise for Mrs. Chinery-Hesse.
“I commend the authorities of the University for the excellent choice of this distinguished person, one who is also, happily, a firm believer in academic freedom. As the first female Chancellor of any Ghanaian university, Mrs. Chinery-Hesse blazes again, a trail for other women to follow, and moreover, I am sure the University will definitely feel the added benefit of that special quality that a woman can bring to leadership.”