Maryland Varsity President Arrives Today

Dr Juliette B. Bell, President of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, US, arrives today for a fortnight visit to the country.

Accompanying her on the trip are seven others from the institution.

Her itinerary includes a road trip to Kumasi where she would pay a courtesy call on Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace and later attend the Akwasidae festival of the Asantes.

She is the 15th head of the institution since its founding in 1886 and the fourth woman to hold that position.

She is an experienced teacher and noted for encouraging students to pursue science, engineering and mathematics as a career.

She graduated as valedictorian of her class, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Talladega (Ala.) College in her hometown. She received her Ph.D in chemistry with a biochemistry concentration from Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University) and did post-doctoral work in biochemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She would be accompanied by Kimberly Conway Dumpson, executive vice president at University of Maryland; Stephen L. McDaniel, vice president for Institutional Advancement; Emmanuel Acquah, director of International Programmes and professor of Agricultural Economics; Joyce A. Bell, chair of the Department of Social Sciences; Rexford Abaidoo, assistant professor of Business Administration; Tao Gong, associate professor and Ernest P. Boger, chairman and associate professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

The delegation would undertake a number of programmes at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.

In the Central Region, the delegation would stop over at Assin Manso, the last bathing place for slaves en route to America on their way to Elmina.

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