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Sierra Leone News : VP to soon be addressed as Dr. Victor Bockarie Foh
By Alimatu Fofanah
Aug 14, 2015, 17:10
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Freetown, August 13 (SLENA) -Vice President of Sierra Leone, Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh has been recognized by the Board of Trustees, Faculty Senate and the student’s body of the Cuttington University for his humanitarian gestures and will confer upon him an Honorary Doctorate Degree during the University’s 54th Convocation Ceremony which will take place on the 26th September 2015 at the University Campus in Monrovia, Liberia. This means in formal salutation, he will thenceforth be described as Honourable Dr. Victor Bockarie Foh.

 

The Vice-President has also been invited by the Board of Trustees, Administration, Faculty Senate and graduating class of 2014/2015 of the University to serve as Guest Speaker for the Commencement Convocation ceremony.


VP will soon be Honourable Dr. Victor Bockarie Foh

 

Cuttington University is located 120 miles north of Monrovia in Suacoco, Bong County. The University is a private university in Suacoco, Liberia that was founded in 1889 as Cuttington College by the Episcopal Church of the United States of America.

 

It is the oldest private, coeducational, four-year, degree-granting institution in sub-Saharan Africa. It issues degrees in the liberal arts and a number of technical studies. It has educated generations of leaders for the nation of Liberia and West Africa. Its roots lie deep within the history of the nation, the relationship between Liberia and the United States and the Episcopal Church.


In 1887, Robert Fulton Cutting, Treasurer of the ECUSA, donated $5000 to an Episcopalian bishop in Liberia for the establishment of a school for teaching Liberian children including both Americo-Liberian and natives about industry and agriculture.

 

The university was finally established in 1889 by Samuel David Ferguson in Cape Palmas where it remained until 1929 and was named Cuttington College. It first principal was M. P. Keda Valentine followed by Samuel Taylor. The college was among the first private colleges in the West African region and it was seen as a college for Liberia’s elite.  Some of the earliest graduates included two Chief Justices of the Liberian Supreme Court and three Associate Justices, one Minister of education and many Civil Servants.


In 1948, the college moved to Suacoco in Bong County, 120 miles north of Liberia’s capital of Monrovia
Prior to the first Liberian civil war, 45% of government officials were alumni of the college. In the wake of the 1980 military coup, the college continued to be favoured with government assistance, as the Ministry of Action for Development and Progress provided approximately $1.5 million for the college’s 1981-1982 budgets.


During the first Liberian civil war from 1989 to 1996, the school was looted and the structures were damaged and the campus used as a training facility for militias.

 

From 1990 to 1997, the school operated only at an office in the U.S. state of Virginia.

 

In 1998, the now Cuttington University College re-opened with a class of 103 students.

 

On February 5, 2004, the President of Cuttington, Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa met his son Captain Matthew J. Denkyan of the U.S. Army who is assigned to Liberia as a military observer. They were part of an inspection team who toured the partially renovated facilities which had been damaged by looters during the war.

 

The college has reopened for the third time in its history (the second founding was at its current location was in 1948) after a lengthy period of civil conflict. On August 15, 2004, 117 students graduated on the war-ravaged campus in various disciplines, with the highest number of graduates being in nursing.


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