Dr. Francis Hull Adams has been inducted into office as the first male Principal of Holy Child College of Education after it was converted into tertiary status at a colorful investiture over the weekend.
He was invested by the Most Rev. John Baptist Attakruh, Council Chairman, after his letter of appointment was read and he took the oath of office as Principal of the College.
The Council Chairman, with the Director General of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), representatives of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), and Director of Institute of Education decorated the Principal with the official robe, sat him three times on the chair and presented him with the Colleges of Education statutes and mace.
Dignitaries present at the colorful ceremony included Prof. Ahmed Jinapor Abdulai, Deputy Director General of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), Prof. Emmanuel Kofi Gyimah, Dr. Kwame Bediako Asare, Nana Kobina Nketiah V, Omanhene of Essikado Traditional Area, Prof. Richard Quaye, Takoradi Technical University (TTU), Prof. Sarah Danquah, Council Member, Felicia Okine, Council Member, and Marian Adams Council Member amongst many others.
In a welcome address, the Chairman of the Council, Most Rev. John Baptist Attakruh, who is also the Bishop of Sekondi-Takoradi Catholic Church, described the College as a reputable and dedicated teaching facility which was a hallmark of the Catholic Church.
He said there was nothing more important than higher education as it created the opportunity, as well as offered ideas of innovation that drives economies and societies forward.
He was confident the appointment of the first male Principal of the College would be the era of total transformation to reputable higher education for optimal intellectual and moral effective agent of social change.
Describing the College as the only female institution in the region and a product of the Catholic institution, the Church would ensure that the Catholic morals and discipline were upheld high by staff, management and students.
The Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah, who represented the Education Minister as the Special Guest of Honour, described education as the basic rock of every country, hence, the need for everyone to be educated.
He said, going by the motto of the school, there was no doubt that results were more important than action. Admonishing the new Principal, Mr. Darko Mensah reminded him of a mandate to carry every one along in his capacity as head of the school. “I believe you can do it that is why you have been selected.”
He said, as a leader, the Principal needed to lead by example and involve those who matter in the process.
That apart, his personal vision should align with the vision of the school. He reminded him again that education systems were changing with time, and at all levels must be explored to fit it into the changing systems.
Dr. Francis Hull Adams, who was once a Social Studies teacher of the school, said his appointment made him a role model for the many students he had taught, urging, “Let this modest rise be an inspiration to you.”
He pledged to uphold the Catholic morals and discipline in the school.
Adding that he would facilitate programmes and create an environment where research could be undertaken, and ensure that the College benefitted from his enviable staff record.
The Students Representative Council (SRC) presented him with a citation.
There were goodwill messages from the Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast, Mrs. Margaret Lemaire, immediate past Principal of the College, and Mrs. Cecelia Harry Quaye, former Principal of the College amongst many others.