BRIEF HISTORY OF THE
WILLIAM V. S. TUBMAN UNIVERSITY
The William V. S. Tubman University is a "new-old" institution of higher learning. It is "old" in that it is an institution of higher learning formerly known as "William V.S. Tubman College of Technology", TC, for short.
TC began in 1978 as a gift from the people of Maryland County to their beloved son of Maryland, Liberia's 19th president, William V. S. Tubman. It was the occasion of his 75th birthday. The College of Technology had begun in August 1978, having an admission of 87 students. TC thrived in producing 50% - 60% of Liberia's technocrats in the fields of architectural, civil, electrical, electronic, mechanical engineering. Enrollment had increased to 221 and the College of Technology had graduated from offering Associate degrees in these fields. By 1990, the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) in Liberia accredited TC to offer 5-year Bachelor of Science degree in the afore-named fields in engineering. Education at TC came to an abrupt halt upon national civil conflicts. The campus, its infrastructural support, buildings, libraries, etc. were severely looted, damaged, and left bereft of its promising glory of producing Liberia's technocrats.
In 2006 - 2007, the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the NCHE set out to awaken the sleeping giant. They created an Interim Management team and funded their assessment. The team reported with success of the possibility of TC's revival. MOE and NCHE funded an engineering assessment that later led to the establishment of a permanent team in 2008. The Visitor of the College appointed Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell as President, thereby ascribing her place in history as the first female president of TC.
Dr. Davis-Russell immediately assessed the viability of the College within the southeast region of post-conflict Liberia. She raised the bar by envisioning an institution having five colleges to provide much-needed education, services, contribution to the region, the nation of Liberia, the world at large. She envisioned the new William V.S. Tubman University (TU).
The University is given its mandate by enactment of the Legislature of the Republic of Liberia. An Act was required to establish the University as a public institution of higher learning. In September, 2009, the Act establishing William V. S. Tubman University was passed by the Legislature, and signed into law by the President of the Republic, granting the institution a legitimate university status. Currently, the university operates six(6) colleges including the original College of Engineering and Technology; College of Education; College of Management and Administration; College of Agriculture and Food Sciences; College of Health Sciences; and the College of Arts and Sciences
The mission of Tubman University is to provide quality educational experiences that transform the lives of individuals for worthy service.
VisionTubman University aspires to be a center of quality and excellence.