A seven-member Governing Board for the Center for Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy and Ethics (CEPE), a unit of Heritage Christian College (HCC), a university in Amasaman, Accra has been inaugurated. The Board is to steer the affairs of the Center which is a “Business Incubator” for students of HCC. The non-profit Center supports students, faculty, other employees of HCC and the entire HCC Community with entrepreneurial skills and financial assistance to undertake viable entrepreneurial ventures. It aims at developing and nurturing ethical entrepreneurs with the spirit of philanthropy.
The 7-member Board is chaired by Mr. Samuel Kumi Ayim, a former General Counsel of Ecobank Transnational, an entrepreneur and HCC Council Member. The members of the Governing Board are: Mr. Henry Kwadwo Frimpong, a Chartered Accountant and entrepreneur; Mrs. Doris Asimeng, an entrepreneur; Mrs. Ramatu Ude Umanta, Director of Finance at the Ghana Health Service and entrepreneur; Madam Eugenia Bulley, a Chartered Accountant and entrepreneur; Dr. Victor Boadu, Head of Business Administration Department at HCC, entrepreneur and Minister of the Gospel and Dr. Williams Abayaawien Atuilik, the Provost of HCC and Director of the Center.
The Board is the executive body of a Center. The Board will formulate policies for the Center and establish appropriate structures for the effective and efficient execution of the objectives of the CEPE. It has the mandate to review and approve business plans and ideas of students, faculty and other employees of HCC without bias. The Board also raises funds for the programs of the Center as well as establish and maintain effective internal control systems to ensure judicious use of funds.
Inaugurating the Board, the President of HCC, Dr. Samuel Twumasi-Ankrah said, “As a burgeoning Christian higher educational institution, we are well aware of the fact that many universities just train graduates to have academic knowledge and to have degrees in those areas. But we want to be different—unique in the sense that we don’t just want to equip our students with academic knowledge but we have set out to train our students to be entrepreneurial: that is to be job creators instead of job seekers.” The President urged the member of the Board to superintend over the CEPE for the university to attain its vision “To become a flagship Christian university in Africa for the purpose of advancing the kingdom of Christ and national development.” The Center will be launched in a few weeks.