Dr. Evelyn Kandakai, Liberia’s former Minister of Education, today takes over as Acting President of Cuttington University.
She was recently appointed to the position by the university’s Board of Trustees, headed by its chairman, Most Rev. Jonathan B.B. Hart, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia and archbishop of the Interim Province of West Africa (Anglican).
Dr. Kandakai’s appointment follows the recent retirement of Dr. Henrique Tokpa, who was elected Cuttington president in 2002. His last commencement as head of the university was held on September 26, 2015, when the Vice President of Sierra Leone, Victor B. Foh, served as the commencement speaker.
Dr. Kandakai is herself an alumna of Cuttington. Following her graduation, she matriculated to the University of Pennsylvania, one of America’s top ten institutions of higher learning, where she earned a Ph.D in education.
She was recently appointed as head of the Monrovia office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). Before then she served for the past two years as vice president of the United Methodist University (UMU). Prior to that, Dr. Kandakai was executive director of the Liberia Education Trust (LET), where she served until 2010.
She is the eldest offspring of the former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, General Albert White and his wife, Mrs. Gertrude Cassell White, youngest sister of former Attorney General C. Abayomi Cassell. General White later served as Superintendent of Grand Gedeh County and Vice Chairman of the Elections Commission during the 1980s.
Dr. Kandakai’s grandfather was Professor Nathaniel H.B. Cassell of Liberia College (now University of Liberia).
It was after him that the tallest building on the UL main campus was named during the presidency of Dr. Rocheforte L. Weeks (1959-1972).