There ain’t no party like a Wubah party.

That’s what the Millersville University Gospel Choir chanted Thursday afternoon as they rung in a celebration of the university’s new president, Daniel Wubah.

Wubah, who became the university’s 15th president on July 1, 2018, was officially welcomed to campus during a two-hour inauguration ceremony heavy in African themes, from the vibrant garb to the percussion-filled music.

“Today marks the formal opening of a new era,” Wubah, a Ghanaian native who serves as tribal king at Breman Asikuma in the African nation’s central region, said after he was sworn in.

Among the hundreds of attendees were delegates that traveled across the Atlantic Ocean from Ghana.

Students in attendance wore black T-shirts with Wubah’s name and the number 15 emblazoned on the back.

During his speech, Wubah emotionally described his upbringing in Ghana. His mother raised him and his siblings singlehandedly after his father died in a car accident when Wubah was 7 years old, he said.

“I doubt she had it in mind that her second-born son,” he said, pausing to collect himself, “would end up as president of a university in the United States.”

Millersville has a lot going for it, he said. Wubah cited Tuesday’s Made in Millersville conference, where students showcased their art and research projects; the college’s student-focused fundraising campaign, Imagine the Possible; and new partnerships with local institutions like Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.

But there’s room to grow, he said, particularly in three categories: affordability, use of technology and inclusiveness.

Wubah said he’d like to focus more on philanthropy and corporate partnerships to make up for funding increases the state can’t provide and to supply more students with financial aid.

“Higher education is one of the few industries where competition drives up cost,” he said. “It’s time to stop this arms race and consider the benefits of shared cooperation.”

The university must collaborate to “move the needle and create a more inclusive community,” he added. Fourteen percent of Fortune 500 companies are owned by immigrants or their children, he said.

Millersville’s end goal, he concluded, is “excellence without elitism.”

Wubah is a leader worthy of helping the university accomplish that, said retired James Madison University President Linwood Rose in the ceremony’s keynote address.

“We expect our leaders to be honest, forward-looking, inspiring and confident,” said Rose, who is a friend and mentor of Wubah’s. “I can assure you that Dr. Wubah was either born with or has acquired these qualities.”