Special Committee Appointed to Probe Cuttington University Saga

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The Most Rev. Jonathan B. B. Hart, Chairman of the Cuttington University Board of Trustees/ Archbishop and Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Liberia (ECL)

The Most Rev. Jonathan B. B. Hart, Chairman of the Cuttington University (CU) Board of Trustees and Archbishop and Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Liberia (ECL), has said that in view of the regrettable developments which occurred on the Suakoko campus during the week of May 15, a special committee has been appointed and directed to proceed to campus to meet the complaining parties with a view to understanding fully and investigating their complaints.

The decision was made at a meeting held in the absence of the university’s president and as a means of addressing the immediate situation. The Bishop appointed an Officer-in-Charge in  person of Rev. Father James M. Tamba, chaplain of the university to holdover, a release issued yesterday said.

According to the release, when activities on campus were interrupted, the president of the university Dr. Herman B. Browne was constrained for reason of personal safety to leave the campus.

The release said Rev. Hart and another Board Member visited the campus on Thursday, May 17, with a view to meet the complaining parties.

During the visit, the release said, formal letters of complaint were received from representatives of the students and the faculty.

“The Board of Trustees wishes to clarify that the president of the university, Dr. Herman B. Browne has not been dismissed, replaced, fired, removed, suspended or otherwise relieved of his duties,” the Bishop said. “The special committee is to report to the Board of Trustees.”

“That would enable the Board to address the matter in a comprehensive and timely manner,” Bishop Hart said.

Meanwhile, the Board of Trustees has encouraged all concerned to cooperate fully with the special committee so that the complaints can be dealt with appropriately,” the release said.

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