The Administration of Tubman University has clarified what it termed as misleading and false information provided by ‘Tubman University Interest Group.’
A release yesterday said the ‘Tubman University Interest Group’ asserted that the newly appointed President of Tubman University, Dr. Edward Lama Wonkeryor was “handpicked” by the outgoing President Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell.
The group also mentioned that the current President named and pronounced the newly hired President which it referred to as a “breach of protocol.”
However, the TU administration in its release
said Mr. Gbalee Gray (a former employee) and Mr. J. Philip Augustus Theoway (an employee who has resigned his position effective May 31, 2016) are spreading some misinformation about the University and its President, Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell.
In collaboration with others, these two individuals claim to be representing what they refer to as ‘Tubman University Interest Group.”
“The entire issue began with the vacancy announcement that was advertised on TLC Africa, the Executive Mansion website, and in some local dailies for a period of five (5) months.
“The Board established a Search Committee that included a broad spectrum of representatives from higher education institutions, TC-TU Alumni Association, TU Faculty Senate, NCHE, the local Harper Community, larger Liberian community, TU Foundation Board and selected Board of
Trustees members and the Search Committee reviewed several candidates including their application materials and their interview performance following which a detailed assessment report of the candidates, including a shortlist of the best candidates was forwarded to the Board of Trustees,” it said.
The Board of Trustees reviewed the Search Committee’s report and concurred by forwarding a recommendation containing more than one candidate through Board Chair- Dr. Emmet A. Dennis to the President of the Republic of Liberia and Visitor to the University. The Visitor reviewed the Board’s recommendation and forwarded the selected candidate (by nomination), in this case Dr. Wonkeryor to the Board for ratification and appointment.
The release said the Board then ratified the President’s choice and appointed Dr. Wonkeryor as President of Tubman University, effective July 1, 2016.
This process is clearly articulated in Article IV, Section 2 of the Charter which states that “the President of the University shall be appointed by the Board upon the nomination of the Visitor of the University.”
The TUI group, according to the administration has presented falsehoods to the public which are in total contrast to facts and realities.
“The University characterized this as intended to besmirch the hard-won reputation of the University and its renowned President, Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell. Sticking to a principle of operation of the University which has to do with “decisions and actions on the basis of data and evidence,” the administration said it is pleased to provide the public with the facts which contradict and dismiss assertions of Mr. Gray, Mr. Theoway and their counterparts.
“The process was open, fair, and transparent for every Liberian who met the eligibility criteria to participate,” the TU release said.
Currently, 13 of the 15 ruined buildings have been renovated, reconstructed as well as other newly constructed buildings-faculty housing and offices for faculty and other administrators given the need as a result of the growth of the University with six colleges than the original College of Technology that operated a single college, the release added.
The TU release said Mr. Gbalee Gray and his counterparts have no attachment or dealings with the University; their intentions are insincere and bent on misleading the public.
“We encourage critics to exercise this right responsibly, and refrain from spreading denigrating and disparaging fabrications about the University and its President.
“The University wishes to assure the general public that, in the interest of guarding against the recurrence of such treacherous libel and slander (which are clearly intended to sow seeds of discord in the TU community and derail progress made at the University) we will, through the University’s legal counsel, take appropriate legal course of action where necessary,” the released said.