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Liberia: Ousted by Protests Al Hassan Conteh Returns to UL to Resolve Crisis

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By Festus Poquie

Dr. Al Hassan Conteh, the former University of Liberia (UL) president whose appointment in 2004 was met with protests, has been named to lead an interim management team at the university beset by crisis.

Conteh replaces Dr. Julius Nelson, who was removed from the role on Monday by President Joseph Boakai amid protests from faculty and students over the poor management of the institution.

Conteh will serve as Acting President to lead the Interim Management Team, the presidency said in a statement.

“The Board of Trustees nominated Conteh unanimously to oversee the search process for a new University President within three months. The Interim Management Team will also initiate necessary reforms and implement action points conveyed by the President to ensure the university’s smooth operation.”

Conteh is returning to the University of Liberia to confront and devise solutions to the issues that led to his ouster from the campus some 15 years ago. In 2008, faculty members went on strike in protest of Conteh’s alleged mismanagement of university funds and low salaries.

Prior to his appointment as UL president in 2004, Conteh served as a research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and an adjunct professor at Temple University in the United States.

He has extensive experience in managing university education and developing academic programs in conflict management, demography, and development.

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