AAI alumnus Dr. Emmet Dennis is President of the University of Liberia, one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in West Africa. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed Dr. Dennis in December 2008.
A native of Liberia, Dr. Dennis is an alumnus of the AFGRAD Fellowship program where he pursued a PhD at the University of Connecticut. He is also the founder and director of the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research.
Prior to taking the helm at the University of Liberia, Dr. Dennis worked in several positions as an administrator and professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. A trained scientist, Dr. Dennis joined Rutgers in 1969 as an assistant professor in the department of zoology and later served as professor in the department of cell biology and neuroscience. He assumed vice chair of the department of biological sciences in 1985.
Dr. Dennis also served as co-director of the B.A./M.D. program run jointly by Rutgers and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and director of the Diversity Advancement Program of the Graduate School-New Brunswick. In 1994, he was named associate provost for academic advancement where he oversaw the Educational Opportunity Fund, the Minority Faculty Advancement Program, the Center for Latino Arts and Culture, and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Cuttington University College in Liberia, a masters degree from Indiana University and a doctorate from the University of Connecticut.