Cuttington News Release


Breaking Ground News !!


Cuttington Honours Two of her own!!!

The Honoraries

Hon. Benoni W. Urey (Chairman, Lonestar Communication Corporation)

Born onto the union of Mr. Daniel Webster Urey, IV of Careysburg City and Mrs. Emma Boyce Urey of Bentol City, the sixth of eleven children, he began his primary education at the Careysburg Public School and later won a scholarship to attend the American Cooperative School in Sinkor, Liberia and graduated in 1972. Thereafter he matriculated to Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University) where he graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc.) in General Science with emphasis in Chemistry. While at Cuttington, he served as President of the Mason Social and Athletic Club and President of the Senior Class.
Upon graduation, he was employed as Training Officer of the Liberia Electricity Corporation in 1980. In 1981, he was given a scholarship to attend the Advanced Training the Trainers Program at the University of Southern California. Immediately upon his return, he was given a scholarship to pursue studies leading to two Master degrees – a Master’s of Science degree in Planning (Public and Private) and a Master of Arts degree in Public Finance and Human Resource Development.
Still in the U.S.A. he served as Assistant Project Manager for the County of Los Angeles and married Mrs. Mai Bright Urey on May 26, 1986, returning home the same year. This marriage is blessed with four daughters: Danielle, Telia, Jebbeh and Benita.
Public positions occupied by you since your return included Deputy General Manager for Planning and Training at the LEC Training Center; Consultant at the African Development Bank; Liberian Rubber Development Corporation in 1994; President of the Agriculture and Cooperative Development Bank in 1995; and Commissioner for Maritime Affairs in 1996.
Although this was some of the most difficult times ever faced by the Maritime Program, he kept the Liberian flag afloat and increased the tonnage and number of ships registered under the Liberian flag and Liberia maintained the world’s best safety record.
Presently he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lonestar Communication Corporation; Member of the Board or Trustees of Cuttington University; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wulki Farms; Member of the City Council of Careysburg City; Virtual Past Master; and Junior Warden of the St. Paul Lodge #2 of the Masonic Craft of Liberia.
He is a Ruling Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Careysburg and a strong believer in sharing whatever he has achieved or acquired with others. He loves caring for the sick, elderly and troubled. He spends a lot of time and resources to educate young people, to care for children and old folks. These sentiments of humanity displayed by him over the years led to the Government of Liberia publicly honoring him by ordaining and constituting him as Knight Great Band of the Liberian Humane Order of African Redemption. He epitomizes the creed “OUT OF ONE, MANY”.
Therefore, considering and recognizing the fact that his entire professional life has been truly devoted to serving humanity and especially his love for educating young people, caring for both the young and old alike, and for his relentless support for the well being of Cuttington University, the Board of Trustees of Cuttington University, in appreciation, has awarded him, Hon. Benoni W. Urey, the Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) Honoris Causa.


Dr. Stephen M.S. Kaifa (Professor of Economics & Finance – Director, Center for Economics Education – Coordinator, E-Commerce Certificate Program USA)

Born fatherless on June 18, 1952 as Mullay-Kolay Simonovitch in a small now extinct village, Sayjah, in Bomi County in the Suehn-Bopolu area, Liberia and reared by his grandmother in the village of D.C. Clarke Town, he obtained both his elementary and secondary education at the Suehn Industrial Academy near Suehn, with the adopted name Stephen Kaifa. Despite the extreme difficulties encountered by him as a self-supporting youth, he did not give up hope but excelled in his studies and graduated from Suehn Mission in 1971 as Valedictorian of his class.
Thirsty for further education, he soon enrolled at the Cuttington College of Divinity School (now Cuttington University) in 1972 initially as a Theology student. At Cuttington University in came in contact with other students from different sectors of Liberia as well as from other parts of Africa and the world which gave him self-confidence. Proving himself as a staunch academician, within three and half years in 1975 he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Cum Laude.
Upon graduation he served in a number of positions including Administrative Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Peace Corps of Liberia, Foreign Ministry Representative to the Ministry of Planning on Development issues, and Cash Control Accountant at LAMCO, Yekepa before your departure to the United States in 1976 to pursue a Master’s degree in Economics. After earning a diploma in Economics at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, he enrolled at the University of Oregon, Eugene, obtaining a Master’s degree in Economics in 1978.
Upon completion of his Master’s degree he served in numerous positions first as Geothermal Energy Analyst with the State of Oregon, then a Market Analyst with Newark Recycling, Incorporated in the State of New Jersey in 1980, Member of the faculty at William Patterson University, Montclair State University as professor of Economics until 1984 when he moved to New York to join the faculty at Queensboro College in the Social Science Department.
In 1986, he joined the faculty in the Business Department at the County College of Morris where you still reside and have proven yourself as an award winning Economist and Professor. While a professor at County College of Morris he pursued a Ph.D. degree in Economics at Jesuit Fordham University in New York City, obtaining this degree in 1993. In addition to his teaching activities he served from 1989 to 1998 as President of Affairs Dynamics, an event decorating company in New Jersey and is currently serving as senior partner in the consulting firm of the Simonovitch Group, LLC of New Jersey. He has served in numerous positions both in America and Liberia, the most recent being Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Cuttington University from 2007-2008 when he took his sabbatical here. During his brief tenure, he left an indelible mark by the number of policies put into place. Attributed to him are numerous publications on Economics both as author and co-author. Among these include “Explorations” in both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, 2000; “Elements of Economics”, 2006, “Essential Elements of Economics”, 2008; and “Understanding the Principles” of both “Microeconomics and Macroeconomic”, 2009.
Considering and recognizing the fact that his entire professional life has been truly devoted to serving humanity and especially for his relentless and sacrificial services to Cuttington University, the Board of Trustees of Cuttington University in appreciation, awards him, Dr. Stephen M.S. Kaifa, the Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) Honoris Causa.



Opening Prayer:                            

Rev. Fr. James Tamba, Chaplain, CU

Welcome Statement:                    

Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa                                          President, Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution

Brief Remark:           

Ms. A. Romelle Horton
Special Assistant to the President for Communications & Development

Consecration of Gate:                              

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Jonathan B.B. Hart
Bishop, Episcopal Church of Liberia

Cutting of Ribbon & Dedication:                               

H.E. Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President, Republic of Liberia



Opening Prayer:                            

Rev. Fr. James Tamba, Chaplain, CU

Welcome & Purpose:                    

Dr. Joseph S. Guanu                                               Director, Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution

Groundbreaking Remark:          

H.E. Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President, Republic of Liberia

Vote of Thanks:                              

Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa
President, Cuttington University

Closing Prayer:                               

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Jonathan B.B. Hart
Bishop, Episcopal Church of Liberia


Profile of Madam Suakoko

Madam Suakoko was born in the 1860s at a time when her parents resided in a small village known as Nyalensu, near present day Suakoko.  Her mother came from Gboryorkweler and the father was a native of Kiayea.  She was given the name Koko at birth and acquired the added name of Sua after graduating from the Sande School
Sua grew up in Kiayea, today a part of Suakoko District.  She spent some of her youthful years living with her maternal grandparents in Gboryorkweler near the village of GalaiSua was a remarkable person as her compatriots acknowledged her ability to unite people.  She is said to have played major roles in organizations and often brought order to chaotic situations.
Sua mastered the arts and traditions of her people much faster than her peers.  It is reported that she quickly learned to identify medicinal plants and the oral traditions from the leaders much quicker than others in her age group.  Legend has it that she received her leadership skills from God.  She was soon recognized as a “Zoe” in training amongst her peers.
When President Daniel E. Howard (1912-1920)  appointed Madam Suakoko Clan Chief of Kiayea her first task was to unify the clan. This she did by asking her kinsmen in Galai and Balama to work with her in the administration of the region.  Thus the villages of Balama and Galai became parts of Suakoko Clan. 
Madam Suakoko also contributed immensely to the establishment of three major institutions in her District. Her excellent negotiation skills resulted in the successful establishment of the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), Phebe Hospital, and Cuttington University in the District. These institutions have greatly contributed to the living standards of Suakoko residents in particular and the nation of Liberia as a whole.
Madam Suakoko administered the region effectively and was a strong ally of the Liberian government in the interior, until her death in the early 1930’s.

Madam Suakoko Monument

In March 2009, women leaders from around the world converged in the city of Monrovia for the hosting of a International Colloquium on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, Peace and Security.  At the end of the Colloquium,  international guests broke grounds for the Angie Brooks International Centre, which would be the mechanism for support of actions resulting from the Colloquium.  Against that background, President Johnson Sirleaf proposed the establishment of a Centre in honor of Madam Suakoko where training and empowerment of rural women would take place.

The Madam Suakoko Centre, to be established as part of the Institute for peace and Conflict Resolution at Cuttington University, will also be linked to the Angie Brooks International Centre.

Today the ground breaking Ceremony is being held for a monument in honor of Madam Suakoko.  The Centre will subsequently be established on this site.