The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it has selected the President of Maryland County-based Tubman University, Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, to deliver this year’s 167th National Independence Day celebration.
The public is yet to know which areas in the Liberian society the orator will focus her attention.
Dr. Davis-Russell will deliver her oration at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion, Ashmun Street on July 26, 2014.
She is expected to be admitted into the Order of Distinction of the Republic of Liberia.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed Dr. Russell in 2007 to head the Tubman University, formerly the William V.S. Tubman College of Technology, following the refurbishment of the campus. She assumed leadership of that institution in July 2008.
Born in Harper, Maryland County, Dr. Russell is the daughter of former Associate Justice O. Natty B. Davis and Diana Dueh.
She began her education at AME Day School in Harper and then transferred to Cape Palmas High School where she completed the eighth grade.
She later moved to Suehn Academy to complete high school.
The orator left Liberia for London, England, to continue her studies at London’s Tutorial College.
She later moved to the United States where she obtained a B.A. in Psychology in 1965 from the Oakland University in Michigan.
She earned her Master’s Degree in Education Psychology from New York University, as well as an Ed. D in Counseling Education from Yeskiva University in 1975.
According to a Foreign Ministry profile of the national orator, she matriculated to New York University and completed the required studies for a Ph. D in clinical Psychology in 1987.
She also pursued Post Graduate Training and received Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Institute for the Study of Psychotherapy in New York.
Dr. Davis-Russell is a licensed psychologist in the State of California, where she had a private practice in addition to teaching.
Prior to her preferment, she served most of her professional career, spanning over 35 years, in the field of higher education, notably as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York College at Cortland, Dean for Academic and Professional Affairs at the California School of Professional Psychology, Associate Professor, Founder and Director of the Center for Intercultural Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, respectively.
Dr. Davis-Russell was awarded two Doctorates of Humane Letters by the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in addition to receiving the Outstanding Psychologist Award from both the New York and Chicago Branches of the Association of Black Psychologists.