Wisconsin is pleased to welcome Professor Obeng Mireku as its new substantive Vice Chancellor. 

Prof. Mireku, a professor of Law, brings to Wisconsin vast experience in higher education gained in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. He takes over from former Acting Vice Chancellor, Dr Carlos Arrow.

Speaking to Management, Faculty, Staff and SRC Executives at an event to welcome him to Wisconsin, Prof. Mireku presented himself as a ‘servant leader’, saying: “I come as a colleague, not as a boss to anybody. I am a servant. A leader can only be successful based on the cooperation and support of his followers.”

Prof. Mireku said he would use the institution’s Strategic Plan as a benchmark as well as a map to chart the institution’s direction. 

Welcoming him on behalf of Faculty and Staff, Professor Kwame Karikari, Dean of the School of Communication Studies, reassured the new Vice Chancellor that he had positive ground to build upon and hardworking, committed staff who were genuinely interested in the institution’s progress.

Background

Prof. Mireku is a seasoned academic with a breadth of experience in leadership. Most recently, he was Acting Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Coast. 

Prior to that, Prof. Mireku was Dean of the Nelson R Mandela School of Law at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa. 

He has also previously served as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Management and Law at the University of Limpopo as well as the Dean of the School of Law and founding Director of the Ismail Mahomed Centre for Human & Peoples' Rights at the University of Venda, both in South Africa.

Prof. Mireku has also taught in Nigeria and Liberia. 

As well as management experience, Prof. Mireku has an extensive teaching, research and publication record in the areas of constitutional law, administrative law and human rights. 

He is the Managing Editor of Speculum Juris, an accredited law journal, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the US-China Review law journal. 

Prof. Mireku has also published a book, Constitutional Review in Federalised Systems of Government: A Comparison of Germany and South Africa.

The new Vice Chancellor has served as a member of the Service and Execution of Processes Committee of the Rules Board for Courts of Law as well as the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Court-Annexed Mediation in South Africa.

He has held memberships of various professional organisations. Prof. Mireku is currently a Board Member of the International Association of Law Schools and a Member of the Global Law Deans Forum.

The new Vice Chancellor has also served as an external examiner, peer reviewer of legal publications and as postgraduate thesis supervisor.

Prof. Mireku holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Ghana, a Master of Laws from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and a Doctor of Laws (cum laude) from the University of Hannover, Germany.