Prof. Charles Barnor
Professor Charles Barnor is a Professor of Finance. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Accounting and Finance until December 2016. Prof. Barnor’s appointment as the Pro Vice-Chancellor took effect from the 1st of January, 2017. He is also the founding Head of the Department of Banking and Finance of the University. As HOD, he was responsible for the development of several programs for the University.
Prof. Barnor envisions a distinctively unique 21st-century learning community where knowledge is judged worthy to the degree that it can be applied by graduates of the University to the immediate solutions of critical societal challenges, thereby advancing the greater global good.
Prof. Barnor holds a PhD Degree in Finance from the Walden University in the USA. He also holds a double Masters degree; MBA with an emphasis on Finance (University of Canberra, Australia), a Masters degree in Professional Accountancy (University of Canberra, Australia). He is also a member of the Chartered Practicing Accountants in Australia (CPA). He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with emphasis on Banking and Finance from the University of Ghana, an Associate Member to the Chartered Practicing Accountants (CPA) in Australia (ASCPA), and holds a Fellowship with the Institute of Professional Financial Managers (IPFM).
Prof. Barnor has about sixteen years of experience in various executive level practice positions in the public sector in Ghana and Australia where he worked under a talent hunt programme as Head of Risk Management and Risk Analyst in the Treasury Unit. He has a cumulative 14 years experience in Academia of which three (3) years were with University of Canberra, Australia, as Adjunct Tutor in International Finance, Strategy and Portfolio Management and Analysis, and eleven (11) years with the University of Professional Studies, Accra since 2006. Prof. Barnor is a professor of Finance, a scholar-practitioner, a former national table tennis player, and a former national Scrabble champion.
During his tenure as Dean, he enhanced faculty professional development and supported initiatives central to the development of the Faculty of Accounting and Finance and the University. He developed the BSc. Banking and Finance Programme and later became the founding Head of Department. He was the prime instrument for the development of the MBA Accounting and Finance Programme, and the MBA Petroleum Accounting and Finance Programme. From 2013 to 2015 he led a team of experts to develop and complete the Bachelor of Science Degree in Actuarial Science with specializations in Health Insurance and Finance, Insurance, Pensions Management and Finance. His effective engagement externally and internally has assisted in the scholarly accomplishments of most graduate students in the Faculty and enhanced the intellectual responsiveness to ebbs and flows of the intellectual cycle of graduate students in the UPSA.
He has a passion for standardization of corporate systems through well-laid-out Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that are highly responsive to change. At the graduate level, Prof. Barnor taught Accounting and Financial Systems (MBAF 603), Money and Capital Markets (MBAF 623), Strategic Management (MBAF 604), Portfolio and Investment Analysis for Oil and Gas. At the undergraduate level he taught Banking and Investment Analysis (PBBF 405), Business Finance (PBBS 208), Business Policy and Strategy (PBBS 404), Consumer Dynamics (PBMK 201), Financial Information for Marketing (PBMK 303), Marketing Management (PBAC 302), Marketing of Financial Services (PBMK 409), and Sales Management (PBMK 307).
He was until December 2016, the president of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG-UPSA Branch). At the National Front, he has been active in several negotiations on conditions of service of Lecturers with the government. One of his major achievements was his instrumentality in spearheading the migration of the public universities into the single spine salary structure. Prof. Barnor is a Certified Commonwealth Distance Learning Expert and Organizational Strategic Analyst.