Written on May 31 2016 11:28:44. by The News from Liberia
…Professor Neal Urges Ellen
Asst. Prof. Robert F. Neal, II Dr. E. Lama Wonkeryor
Amidst opposition from Marylanders concerning the recent appointment of Dr. Edward Lama Wonkeryor as the new President of Tubman University, an Assistant Professor of the university has called on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf not to rescind his appointment.
Prof. Robert F. Neal, II, Assistant Professor of Finance at TU said the argument by those who are against the appointment of Dr. Wonkeryor because he's not from Maryland County is “feeble and lack reasoning”.
He said the Constitution of Liberia provides for equal appointment of qualified Liberians irrespective of which counties they hail from.
The Assistant TU Professor of Finance contended that Dr. Wonkeryor was not handpicked but rather went through rigorous vetting processes and came out successful.
Neal further told journalists Tuesday that the position of president of TU was advertised in the local dalies and online for nine months.
He explained that during this period, Dr. Wonkeryor and seven others applied to the Search Committee.
Neal said of the eight applicants, two including Dr. Wonkeryor and Dr. Emmanuel Billy were shortlisted by the Search Committee and forwarded to the Board of the university.
He said it was the board that selected Dr. Wonkeryor and forwarded his name to the president who later appointed him.
Neal said some of those who applied for the position were Marylanders but they were not considered by the Search Committee, apparently because they did not meet the necessary criteria and qualifications.
He disclosed that the Search Committee was comprised of several qualified personalities and institutions including the President of the University of Liberia, Superintendent of Maryland, among others.
Asst. Professor Neal said the appointment of Dr. Wonkeryor was not influence by anybody as being rumored.
He pointed out that should the President rescind his appointment based on the argument that he is not from Maryland County, she will be setting bad precedent.