Ghanaian makes history at Howard with promotion as provost



Dr. Anthony K. Wutoh made history last month when he became the first African provost in Howard University’s history.

150717_education02A native of Ghana, Africa, Wutoh was named provost and chief academic officer of Howard last month.

Wutoh has a rich educational history at Howard and previously served as the university’s dean of the College of Pharmacy and assistant provost of International Programs.

He succeeds Dr. Michael R. Winston, the former provost. Winston will continue to serve Howard as Academic Counsel to the President, a position he also has held since 2013.

“Since Dr. Wutoh’s arrival at Howard University as an Assistant Professor in 1996, he has displayed amazing leadership inside and outside the classroom,” Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University, said in a statement.

“Dr. Wutoh’s work as Assistant Provost for International Programs – working across virtually every school, college, and department on campus – has expanded the university’s reach by forging strong international relationships that present our students, faculty, and staff with new and exciting opportunities abroad.”

Passion for research
In addition to his most recent role as dean and assistant provost, Wutoh has been director of the Center for Minority Health Services as well as director for the Center of Excellence, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

“I am humbled and honored to be asked to serve as Provost and Chief Academic Officer,” said Wutoh.

“Howard University is a historic institution that has educated some of the world’s greatest minds. With that, I accept my charge of implementing President Frederick’s vision for even greater academic excellence.”

Wutoh’s passion for research has resulted in more than $50 million in grants from several sources, including the National Institutes of Health; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the United States Agency for International Development; the Health Resources and Service Administration; and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

A practicing pharmacist in Maryland since 1990, he is an alumnus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry in 1987. He then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1990 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmacy Practice and Administration in 1996.


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