Rev. Yar Donlah Gonway-Gono, PhD, President of the United Methodist University of
Liberia is hereby informing individuals, parents, partners, and the general public that Mr.
Dennis V. Smith was retired by the United Methodist University Board of Directors from his
comptroller position in April 2021. Our previous report that he was released from his position
was a mistake. Mr. Smith served the United Methodist University of Liberia for over fifteen
Dr. Gonway-Gono issued the statement on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at her office on the
main campus of the university. “I want our partners especially those who owed this
university to continue to support the UMU, because we need their help to improve the
facility for our children to learn well. She stressed that the doors of her administration are
opened to the public and that the university does not work through third parties or field
She pointed out that her administration is prepared to take the university to a new level by
improving the administrative facilities and onward to the learning environment of the
institution, adding, “we want for our partners, especially those who are sponsoring students
through scholarships to meet up with their obligations so that we can pay our teachers and
staff and give the United Methodist University of Liberia a facelift.” She also indicated that
the institution is taking some administrative measures that will require the support of its
partners at home and abroad.
Dr. Gonway-Gono who took over the leadership of the university on June 22, 2021, and has
since been involved in several consultative meetings with all sectors of the university. “I want
our partners and other stakeholders as well as our students to accept my thanks and
appreciation for the cordial ways we have interacted these few weeks of my time here. I look
forward to more fruitful interactions as we endeavor to make the United Methodist University
of Liberia a premier learning institution in Liberia,” she concluded.