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John Evans Atta Mills (born 21 July 1944) is the current President of Ghana. He was inaugurated on 7 January 2009, having defeated the ruling party...
John Evans Atta Mills (born 21 July 1944) is the current President of Ghana. He was inaugurated on 7 January 2009, having defeated the ruling party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo by 50.23%–49.77% in the 2008 election.He was Vice President from 1997 to 2001 under President Jerry Rawlings, and he stood unsuccessfully in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections as the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Early life, education and academic career
Mills was born in Tarkwa, located in the Western Region of Ghana.He was educated at Achimota School, where he completed the Advanced Level Certificate in 1963, and the University of Ghana, Legon, where he received a bachelor's degree and professional certificate in law in 1967.
While earning a Ph.D in Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, Mills was selected for a sojourn, as a Fulbright scholar at Stanford Law School in the United States.
Mills earned a Ph.D at SOAS, after completing his doctoral thesis in the area of taxation and economic development. Mills' first formal teaching assignment was as a lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghana, Legon. He spent close to twenty five years teaching at Legon and other institutions of higher learning, and rose in position from lecturer to senior lecturer to associate professor, and served on numerous boards and committees. Additionally, he traveled worldwide as a visiting lecturer and professor at educational institutions such as the LSE, and presented research papers at symposiums and conferences