Rita Akosua Dickson is a Ghanaian phytochemist and the first female Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Dickson began her career as a lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in the year 2000. She was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue a PhD at Kings College, University of London, UK in 2003, she returned to Ghana in 2007 and continued lecturing at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
In 2009 she was promoted to a senior lecturer and further to an associate professor in 2014. In September 2018, she has appointed the pro-vice-chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, making her the first female to occupy that position.
On June 25, 2020, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science And Technology announced her appointment as the first female Vice-Chancellor of the University effective 1st August 2020. She is to serve a four-year term.
Her work as a phytochemist covers the areas of bioactive natural products in the management of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Article curator: Precious Akpan