BWI Gets New Principal

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has with immediate effect, appointed Harris Fomba Tarnue as principal of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata, Margibi County. Mr. Tarnue replaces BWI interim principal, Abraham Massey.

The president had earlier submitted Mr. Tarnue’s name to the BWI Board of Governors, headed by its Chairman, Kenneth Y. Best, Daily Observer publisher.

The BWI Board, at a meeting last weekend presided by Acting Chairman Emmanuel Lawrence of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), thoroughly interviewed Mr. Tarnue, himself a BWI alumnus, and confirmed his appointment. Chairman Best is presently away from the country.

According to information obtained by the Daily Observer, Mr. Tarnue is scheduled to go to the BWI campus on December 14, accompanied by Vice Chair Lawrence, the President of the BWI Alumni Association, Jonathan Paye Layleh and other Board members, to be introduced to the student body, faculty and staff.

Harris Tarnue succeeds Mr. Alexander Massey, a prominent Liberian architect, who has served as Acting Principal of BWI since 2013.

About Mr. Tarnue
Mr. Tarnue, 55, hails from Gbarpolu County. He has 20 plus years’ experience in local and national government, non-governmental organizations, and academia as well as experience in conflict and post-conflict environments in Liberia and La Cote d’Ivoire.

Prior to his appointment as the BWI Principal, he served as the lead Public Procurement Trainer at Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA). From 1996-1997, Mr. Tarnue was a member of the Transitional Legislative Assembly of the National Transitional Government under the chairmanship of Madam Ruth Sando Perry. During that time, he chaired the Standing Committee on Education and co-chaired the Committees on Planning and Economic Affairs and Banking and Currency. He also taught as part-time lecturer in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Liberia in 2008; Deputy Director-General for Research and Consultancy at LIPA in 2005; Acting Principal/Instructor, Bopolu Central High School, Gbarpolu County from 1982 to 1988.

Mr. Tarnue graduated from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, in 2012. He holds a master’s degree in Public Procurement from the University of Turin/ICTILO, Italy. He graduated from the University of Liberia in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and earned a diploma from BWI in 1980.

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