Currently Ghana's Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang was until October 1, 2012, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, the first woman to have held the position of Vice Chancellor in Ghana. At the University of Cape Coast she was Head of the Department of English, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Dean of the Board of Graduate Studies and Founding Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.
Professor Opoku-Agyemang holds a BA (Hons) in French and English, a Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast; A Diploma in Advanced Studies in French from the University of Dakar; an MA and PhD in Literature from York University, Toronto, Canada.
She is the recipient of many inter/national awards:
- Officer of the Order of the Volta- the highest award Ghana bestows on her citizens (for Academic Distinction);
- Ghana Women of Excellence Award (Category: Education);
- Doctor of Letters (DLitt) University of Cape Coast;
- Doctor of Humane Letters (DLitt) HonorisCausa,Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA;
- Doctor of Humane Letters, (DLitt) HonorisCausa, Winston Salem State University, North Carolina, USA;
- Doctor of Laws (LLD) HonorisCausa, University of the West Indies;
- Global Leadership Award, University of South Florida, USA;
- Twice recognized for Outstanding Performance in Advancing International Education, School for International Training, Vermont, USA.
She is a member of many inter/national boards and committees including the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Editorial Board, The Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora (Africa World Press Inc. USA); Africa Initiative, Canada; Adam Matthew Digital, UK. She has many publications on Women in Literature, Oral Literature in Africa and Issues in the African Diaspora
Professor Opoku-Agyemang has been twice a Fulbright scholar and is currently a member of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.
She is very happy with three adult children: Kweku, Kwabena and Maame Adwoa.