Professor Edward Badu (PhD, MSc, PGDip, BSc, FGhIS, FCIOB, FIPCSR) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Building Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Technology from KNUST and a Masters Degree in Construction Management from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom and a PhD (Eng) from NIT, Japan. Professor Badu has a Certificate in Staff & Curriculum Development from Nottingham University. Professor Badu has been appointed as the Provost of the College of Architecture and Planning, effective from 1st October 2010. Before accepting this new office as the Provost, Professor Badu was the Dean of the Institute of Distance Learning (IDL) between the period of September 2007 and September 2010, whose transformational and inspirational leadership brought many changes within the institutional set up of IDL.
Over the past two decades of being a scholar and educator, Professor Badu has played many leadership roles within and outside the University. Between 1997 and 2001 he was the head of the then Distance Education Centre. During the same period he served as the Head of the Department of Building Technology between 2000 and 2002. After his tenure as the Head of Department, Professor Badu rose to become the Dean of the then Faculty of Environmental and Development Studies (FEDS). Professor Badu returned to the headship position at the Centre for Distance and Continuing Education from 2006-2007, and latter appointed as the Dean of Institute of Distance Learning in 2007.
Currently, he holds prestigious fellowship awards in many world class professional institutions, including; FIPCSR (Fellow, Institute for the Promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility); FGhIS (Fellow, Ghana Institution of Surveyors); FCIOB (Fellow, Chartered Institute of Building (UK). By dint of hard work, commitment to duty and highly inspirational leadership skills, Professor Badu has been appointed as the Chair of CIOB Ghana Chapter. In 2008, he co-founded the Construction Industry Development Institute (CIDI-Ghana) and presides over the board as the Chairman. Through his astute leadership and intellectual curiosity, the International Journal of Project Planning and Finance was birthed and he plays a leading role as the Editor-in-Chief. Professor Badu serves on a number Editorial Boards and Scientific Review Committees of leading international peer-reviewed journals including; Journal of Ghana Institution of Surveyors (JGhIS). He has served on a number of committees and boards at both national, regional, district and community levels, where he plays influential roles. Professor Badu has published several scientific papers in leading journals, books chapters and conference proceedings, and has presented several papers at international conferences across the globe.
Though, trained as a Quantity Surveyor, Professor Badu is versatile and multi-functional with specialization including; Capital Project Financing, Construction Management, Construction Economics, Project Management, Staff and Curriculum Development, Distance Education, and Distance Learning Materials Development. To him, nothing is so fulfilling in life than reaching down to people, serving them and inspiring them to their dreams. What he is working on now, is to make things more workable for people and granting people opportunities he never had. He is married to Annie, and has six (6) children.
On the 1st of October, 2010, Professor William Otoo Ellis was appointed as Vice Chancellor for a four year term to steer the affairs of this great institution by the Council of this University. He was inducted into office on the 2nd of October, 2010 and swore the oath of service and was formally outdoored to the University Community and to the rest of the general public.