Cuttington University (CU) Alumni Association has inducted its new officials to steer the affairs of the association for the next three years.
Our correspondent says the alumni association’s new president promises to address the university’s financial woes through a US$1 million donation fund.
Officials inducted include Tornorlah Varpilah, president; Garmai Nyuangar, vice president; and Gimah Sambolah, secretary general.
Others include Thomas Momo, financial secretary; Vivien Jones, treasurer; and Princess Jones, chaplain.
The induction ceremony was held recently on the main campus of Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County as part of a lineup of activities to commemorate the university’s 130th Founder’s Day.
The political leader of opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC), Alexander Cummings and alumnus of Cuttington, served as keynote speaker for the induction ceremony.
Mr. Cummings used the occasion to challenge the new leadership to serve with diligence, commitment, transparency, and integrity.
The ANC political leader called on Mr. Varpilah and his team to help raise funds for Cuttington to help the school’s administration address some of its financial needs.“One of the tasks of alumni is to find resources for the university,” he says.
Mr. Cummings says transparency and accountability are attributes that should be expected of all other organizations such as the Cuttington University Alumni Association, not only from the national government.
Cummings says Liberia has long suffered and will continue to suffer if its leaders continue to turn national wealth into personal belonging.
For his part, newly inducted president of the alumni, Varpilah, presented a five-pillar agenda for his leadership.
The alumni president says the agenda includes solidification of the alumni relationship and engagement, building a global network for information sharing, enhancing financial sustainability, professional development, as well as improving governance and leadership.
He further reveals that the association will institute an alumni volunteer program that will mentor and guide young graduates in developing their careers.
Mr. Varpilah says the lack of donors fund, limited government subsidy and the frequent delays by donors in paying fees for scholarship are among the many reasons the school’s administration has been facing a tough financial climate.
He says the alumni association will forge a partnership with the Cuttington Alumni Association in the United States to undertake business ventures and establish an endowment fund to raise US$1 million for the university.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong –Edited by Winston W. Parley