Former Finance Minister Heads UL Graduate Program
The President of the University of Liberia, Prof. Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, has appointed Mr. David Farhat as Director of the Graduate Program of Business and Public Administration (MBA/MPA) at the University of Liberia. He replaces Asst. Prof. Sunny Nyemah who resigned his post recently. His appointment took effect as of March 1, 2015.
The new graduate director comes to the nation’s highest institute of learning with considerable years of experience and an impeccable academic credential. From 1988-1990, he was the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Liberia. Mr. Farhat also served as Minister of Commerce, Industry and Transportation between 1987 and 1988. He was also a Deputy Minister of Finance and a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
As Minister of Finance, Mr. Farhat was responsible for the entire financial activities of the nation, coordinated Liberia’s relation with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, African Development Bank and other financial institutions. In that position, he was the Chief Economic Advisor to the President.
His curriculum vita records four academic degrees. From 1972 to 1979, he earned three Masters’ Degrees in Economics, Finance and Accounting from Syracuse University, New York, United States of America. And he is a proud 1966 graduate of the University of Liberia, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics.
In his appointment letter to Alumnus Farhat, the President of the University of Liberia wrote: “Your duties and responsibilities shall include but not limited to: 1. Managing the administrative and academic programs of the (MBA/MPA), which cover development of program, staff supervision, evaluation of the curriculum when and as necessary, course schedule preparation and administration, faculty recruitment, coordination and evaluation; 2. Overseeing fulfillment of the requirements of students’ thesis which involves putting in place a realistic time-table and methodology for the assignment of thesis committee to graduate students in good standing, proposal and defense, thesis writing, defense and publication; 3 collaborating with other directors and heads of academic programs, research institutes and professional schools at the university, and institute for Research in developing a comprehensive research program on topical issues in education involving your faculty, students, and visiting scholars, among other responsibilities.
The new graduate director is no stranger to the University of Liberia. From 1981 to 1986, he served as Assistant Professor and Chairman of the Accounting Department where he taught courses in advanced Accounting/Taxation, and performed general administration of the department. In 1990, he became professor of Accounting in the College of Business and Public Administration.