The appointment took effect from June 1, 2017.
A statement signed by Reverend Tetteh Djangmah, Head of Public Relations Directorate of the University and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra said Prof Puplampu takes over from Professor Kwesi Yankah, who resigned early this year to take up appointment as a Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education.
The statement said a Search Committee constituted by the University Council and chaired by Justice Sophia Akuffo, recommended Professor Puplampu as the most suitable candidate to lead the University into the future adding that Professor Puplampu eminently distinguished himself throughout the search process.
Prof Puplampu, until the appointment was the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He had earlier served as Dean of the Central Business School from 2010 to September 2015, and also as Acting Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs between December 2014 and December 2015.
Prior to joining Central University, Prof Puplampu was the Head of Department of Organisation and Human Resource Management at the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) and Chair of the UGBS EMBA programme.
The new Vice-Chancellor is an academic and a practising Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society and International Association of Applied Psychology) with over 20 years of experience in business education, organisational consulting, university teaching and research.
His research interests are in the areas of Employee Motivation, Leadership, Work Values, Organisational Culture and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Prof Puplampu was a product of the Presbyterian Boys Secondary School, Legon, holds a PhD in Organisational Behaviour from the University of East London (1993); MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology from the Polytechnic of East London (1990) and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Ghana.
He is also a graduate of the German Academic Exchange Service Deans’ Course for Africa programme on Higher Education Management.
Central University currently has over 8000 students pursing 20 undergraduate and seven graduate programmes with campuses in Miotso, Mateheko and Kumasi. Central University became a fully-fledged university in January 2016 following the receipt of the Presidential Charter.