UL Alumni Assoc. Against Appointment

The President of the University of Liberia Alumni Association, Mr. James S. Davis II has called on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to withdraw Mr. Norris Tweah’s appointment as Vice President for University Relations.

In a release issued yesterday, Mr.Davis said recently he read a press release from the Executive Mansion Website stating names of officials appointed by the President of Liberia and was dismayed when he learnt that President Sirleaf had appointed Mr. Norris Tweah to the University of Liberia as Vice President for University Relations.

As President of the University of Liberia Alumni Association, I think this appointment by President Sirleaf undermines the By-Laws of the University of Liberia and I do want to respectfully call on the President Sirleaf to withdraw the appointment of Mr. Tweah.

Mr. Davis said Article III Section 2 of the By-laws of the University of Liberia clearly states that “Officers of Administration and Instruction of the University of Liberia shall be nominated by the President of the University of Liberia for Approval by the Board of Trustees.” Therefore according to the Alumni President, the appointment of Mr. Norris Tweah by the President of Liberia and Visitor to the University of Liberia is in violation of the By-Laws or Charter of the University of Liberia.

“One of the tenets of good governance is the respect for rule of laws and I’m convinced that President Sirleaf is an adherent of the rules of law; therefore she will adhere to this call to withdraw the appointment of Mr. Tweah as Vice President to the flagship state University of Liberia,” Mr. Davis intimated.

He furthered, “And let me make it clear that we are not against Mr. Tweah serving our alma mater; instead, we are against the procedural error that has characterized his appointment. Mr. Tweah is an astute individual with a worth of experience and credibility and as such he could immensely contribute to the University of Liberia but his appointment by the Visitor contravenes the University of Liberia’s By-Laws or Charter,” he said.

“As enshrined in the University of Liberia Charter, the President of the University of Liberia is the only person with that authority to nominate a Vice President for approval by the UL Board of Trustees,” he added.

Davis concluded that President Sirleaf and the President of the University of Liberia should now begin a constitution about Mr. Tweah’s appointment, and if possible, the President of UL should nominate Mr. Tweah to the UL Board of Trustee for approval to avoid any further attempt that will undermine the University of Liberia By-laws or Charter.

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