According to LINA, Madam Elizabeth Davis-Russell said her decision to retire is a “family decision,” noting that she has been separated from her family who live in the United States for the past eight years.
She has been president of the Tubman University since her appointment by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2007.
Speaking on progress and reforms carried out at TU, Madam Davis-Russell said some of reforms include building new programs like computer science, engineering, and cabal security as well as building new structures to accommodate the programs and students.
“The challenge the new programs will pose on us is that we will have to hire new and additional faculty," the outgoing TU president said.
She added that she is proud that her administration has built an institution that has quality education as its foundation.
“We are proud of the institution we created; we think it is a quality institution with a solid foundation, but we think that it is still a work in progress,” she told the Liberia News Agency in a recent telephone interview.
With its US$5.1 million government-funded budget, Tubman University has over 1,300 regular students and 187 students in its access to college or remedial program.
Formally called the William V.S. Tubman College of Technology, the institution which began operation in August 1978, with an enrollment of 87 students, was later elevated to a full-fledge university by an Act of the National Legislature passed September 14, 2009.