AME University Awards 5 Faculty PhD Scholarships

Beneficiaries sit, while other staff of the AME University stand

The African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) has awarded five of its employees Ph.D scholarships to study at the University of Sierra Leone.

The scholarship is intended to enhance the capacity of the university’s staff and to better prepare them to take over responsibilities ahead, Dr. Joseph T. Isaac, president of the university, said yesterday.

Dr. Isaac made the assertion at the official signing ceremony between the beneficiaries of the scholarship and the university held at the AME University’s campus on Camp Johnson Road, in central Monrovia.

Dr. Isaac emphasized the importance of succession planning at the university, indicating “scholarships provided at the AME university is a direct succession planning that is intended to prepare the staff to take over responsibilities, especially retirement and age.

“All the scholarships given at AMEU [are results of] succession planning. Interestingly and fortunately for us, four staff of the university just returned from India who have earned master’s degrees. We decided to move further by sending five PhD candidates, which is the university’s way of succession planning,” he said.

Dr. Isaac indicated that the completion of the PhD studies will enable any of the beneficiaries of the scholarship to be prepared and ready to replace anyone in the senior management of the university when they reach retirement age.

He lauded the beneficiaries of the scholarship for taking up the challenge to go to the University of Sierra Leone and obtain a doctorate and subsequently return to serve the university.

“I don’t want to see any weak dissertation, don’t want to see any easy research. I want to see some cutting-edge work that will make the difference. We believe in you, we trust you and know that after the studies, you will be ready to take over the task,” he said.

Alvin E. Attah, Associate vice president for administration, appreciated the university for creating opportunities for improvement and growth.

“We need to prepare our own so that they can provide the needed services to the university. This is also intended to enable them to contribute to the growth of our society,” Mr. Attah added.

Abraham R. Bility, Dean of student services at the AMEU and beneficiary of the scholarship, lauded Dr. Isaac and the administration for providing him the opportunity for his PhD studies.

Mr. Bility said he sees the scholarship as an opportunity, challenge and additional responsibility, which is meant to prepare him for the future task in national and global development.

He, however, assured the management of their commitment to working with the university after completion of their studies, stating, “The studies will bring proud to our families, the university and ourselves.”

Mr. Bility, who is also a graduate of the AMEU, is expected to study international development.
James M. Flomo-Kellen, Dean, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the AMEU and beneficiary of the scholarship, promised to serve the university upon graduation.

Mr. Flomo-Kellen said: “For this degree to be achieved and earned, the unveiled talents and skills will be exercised at the level of AME University. This will allow us to move further in providing services for the AMEU.”

Stephen Brown, who is a dean for library services at the AMEU and beneficiary of the scholarship, expressed gratitude to the university, noting that the greatest of any institution is the human resource.

Mr. Brown said most institutions and corporations around the world fail because they fail to realize that human resources are actually the asset of any institution.

“Additionally, managing any institution requires that you plan for succession. Today, the opportunity to study in Sierra Leone is a milestone for us, considering our educational system, and will afford us the opportunity to help the university and to look at issues confronting education,” Mr. Brown, who is expected to study educational administration, said.

Patricia N. Doe, coordinator of COSAH and lecturer, expressed gratitude to the university for affording her the opportunity to foster her studies in science education.

“This has been my dream over the years to have Science College at the AMEU, and I think this program will enable me to contribute to the development of the college and Liberians,” Ms. Doe said.

Dr. Romelle A. Horton, vice president for academic support services, lauded Ms. Doe for taking up the challenge to continue her education.

“We need more female PhD holders in Liberia. The first PhD holder in Africa was from Liberia, and I’m always happy to see women who are prepared to earn their PhD degrees. I’m hopeful that you will excellently perform during your studies,” Dr. Horton told Ms. Doe.


  1. A wise person once said, “A teacher affects eternity: s/he can never tell where his/her influence stops.”

    Liberian educators are beginning to wake up. The key to succession is to property train the next generation to handle the mantle when the baby boomers retire.

    I applaud the foresightedness of Dr. Joseph T. Isaac, president of AMEU, to send some of his faculty members to receive advance education. Hopefully, those who will return will be well equipped to impart their knowledge to the next generation of students at the university.

    This is similar to what China did in the early eighties that is now paying off economically for China today. China sent thousands of students to Western Countries to study mostly in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) specialties.

    I hope our government uses this method to send lots of young Liberian students abroad to study in the STEM specialties which Liberia universities and country as a whole really lacks.

    On a side note: AMEU has out-lived its useful life on that congested corner of Camp Johnson Road. It is time to rebuild a modern AMEU campus on a spacious location with lots of parking space for faculties and students.

    Remember, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” This is an iconic slogan used in promoting the United Negro College Fund Scholarship for black students in the USA. It too is applicable to Liberian students.


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