The Board of Trustees of the University of Liberia has endorsed Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks as the institution 14th president.
She replaced Dr. Emmett A. Dennis, who retired December 2016, thus opening the search for a new president. A release from the state-run university says, the retired president will remain at the university to teach at the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine and the undergraduate students of the T. J.R. Faulkner College of science and Technology. For Dr. Weeks, she is currently the Vice president for Academic Affairs, has held administrative position within the university since 2012, she previously served as Dean of T. J.R. Faulkner College of science and Technology. The new president will become the second woman to lead the University of Liberia since its founding in 1951; Dr. Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman, the first lady to serve as president for the UL in 1978, becoming the first female of a university on the African continent. As an academia, Dr. Weeks’ relationship with the UL began to take shape in 2006 when she was asked to give a number of neuroanatomy lectures as a guest lecturer to first year medical students at A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine. She returned the following year as a visiting Professor to teach neuroanatomy Dogliotti and in 2011, she spent six months at the university during her sabbatical leave from Parent University in Florida at which time she served as Technical advisor to the Dean of the medical college and taught HIV/AIDS course to second year non-science majors. In 2012, she returned to the University through a secondment from Florida International University (FIU), to assist with UL’s rebuilding efforts, during which she was recruited to serve as Dean of college of science and Technology.