Amb. Jeremiah Sulunteh

The Cuttington University Association in the Americas (CUAA) will on Saturday launch its first black-tie fundraising dinner honoring graduates and former students for academic achievements and social and community accomplishments in Liberia and abroad.

The event is named in honor of Jeremiah Sulunteh, Liberia’s former ambassador to the United States and vice standard bearer for the Alternative National Congress, headed by presidential aspirant Alex Cummings.

Dr. Bennie Warner, one of the honorees, is a former Vice President of the Republic of Liberia and a clergyman.

The recipients of the first Jeremiah C. Sulunteh Hall of Fame Awards include  former Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, Dr. Bennie Warner—1977-1980 (class of 1960); Dr. Melvin Mason, former president of Cuttington University (class of 1952); Dr. Elwood Dunn (class of 1964), Liberia’s former minister of state for presidential affairs with extensive research and teaching credentials at major U.S. institutions including Seton Hall, Fordham University and Essex College; Dr. Stephen Kaipha (class of 1975), an  economics professor at Morris College in the United States; Dr. Herman Browne (class of 1986), former dean of Trinity Cathedral and current president of CUC; Dr. Evelyn Kandakai (class of 1970), one of Liberia’s leading educators and a former  president of  CUC; and Dr. Ansu Mason (class of 1980), who has worked extensively in instructional systems and design in Florida and Georgia in the United States.

Dr. Kandakai won’t attend Saturday’s event, but she was recognized April 12, when Mrs. Glendy Junius Reeves, president of the alumni association, met with Cuttington alumni members in Liberia to talk about the CUAA’s efforts to support Cuttington University. The event was held at B.W. Harris School auditorium.

Dr. Kandakai said she was pleased to be recognized by her alma mater.

“I am quite surprised, but honored to be recognized,’’ she said.

Other honorees include: Dr. James Teah Tarpeh (class of 1963), former ambassador to Nigeria and vice president of the University of Liberia; Dr. Charlotte B. Steward Stubblefield (class of 1987), pediatrician at John F. Kennedy Hospital; Rev. Dr. Wilfred Manyango (attended Cuttington from 1988-1990), founding pastor of Covenant Community Fellowship Church in Garland, Texas; Counselor Betty Kolleh Smith (class of 1989),  practices law in the Washington, D.C. area; Dr. Rudolph Bropleh, economics professor at Shepherd University in the United States; Dr. Kondeh Greaves (left Cuttington in 1990 during the height of the war), practices obstetrics and gynecology in Northern Virginia, U.S.A;  Dr. Sam Ngovo (class of 1989),  an adjunct professor for African diaspora and world history at Morgan State University in Maryland, USA; and Dr. Joe Baysah.

Baysah’s education at Cuttington was interrupted during the war. He furthered his education in the United States where he earned a master’s degree and doctorate from the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering at the University of Binghamton University in New York. He has worked for several Fortune 500 companies including Deutsch Bank and Merrill Lynch.

In addition to honoring Cuttington graduates, two individuals will receive community service awards. The honorees include: Dr. Rev. J. Edwin Lloyd, a veteran of Armed Forces of Liberia and former president of the Liberia National Red Cross; Rev. Dr. Abba Karnga, a religious leader and educator, who sent five of his 13 children to Cuttington University. Karnga is known for his lasting contributions to the people of his native Grand Bassa.

Reeves, CUAA’s president, said her goal is to unite the alumni associations in Liberia and in America, so that they can work collaboratively to build their alma mater.

“We are one,’’ she said. ‘’If we don’t build Cuttington, who will? ‘’




  1. We want to seize the opportunity to congratulate all the honorees for individual contributions to learning, and, by extension, forging better understanding amongst all God’s children regardless of race, religion, or nationality.

    In addition, we want to give a warm shout – out to a great Liberian, Dr Bennie Warner, former Vice President who, along with our parents, encouraged us to return home, and serve the fatherland; may God continue to bless, guide, protect this wise, and amiable man. .

    Some cynics might retort that he could have averted the catastrophe that later befell the nation. But our response is that God allowed the children of Israel to undergo their centuries of crushing crucibles in order for them to gain self – knowledge: perhaps we needed to be painfully tested too.

    The question is, did we also learn something from our national pain, and gained self-knowledge? Unquestionably, the integrity of the 2017 presidential elections will be the jury of that.

  2. May be a clarification is needed here: we suppose that ethical elections this year indicate commitment to genuine participatory democratic and accountable governance henceforth. Because, by now, all civic – minded Liberians know that the greatest threat to democracy is the division of citizens on ethnic, or religious lines.

  3. Anyone attending or contributing funds to such shameful and dishonorable program bearing the name of an indictee (Jeremiah Sulunteh) who embezzled government funds to buy his own car, is as guilty as the ambassador who violated several financial laws of Liberia, the 2nd poorest nation on earth according to the 2016 wall street report on poverty. See GAC report # 25 “False Generosity” Paulo Freire

  4. The Best and well learned Liberians are out there to be honoured. Let us congratulate them for their contributions to our society. Their achievements will encourage our Youths to advance their Education. Congratulation, GUYS.


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