Dr. Romelle A. Horton
Interim President, Cuttington University
On Leading the Scorpion Family
A native of Liberia and a strong advocate for educational, developmental, gender equality, service-learning and refugee issues, Dr. Romelle A. Horton served as Vice President for Academic Support Services at the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) in Liberia, where she provided leadership in developing, implementing, and continually updating strategies to support academic services and development. She began her formative education at St. Peter’s Lutheran School and matriculated to the Bravid Washington Harris Episcopal High School, where she received her high school diploma. At Voorhees College, a private Episcopal College in Denmark, South Carolina, she graduated Summa Cum Laude (Valedictorian) with a degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). After graduation she worked as a Solution Delivery Analyst with Accenture, LTD, a global consultancy for several years before pursuing graduate studies. She obtained a M.A. with Distinction, in International Service and Development at the University of Surrey, now Roehampton University, London.
As part of her Master’s program, she taught life skills and computer literacy to death row inmates in Jamaica at one of Jamaica’s maximum security men’s prisons, South Camp. While in London, she worked with the Refugee Council and Students Actions Against Refugees (STAR). Upon her return to the United States, she volunteered at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as a job developer and mentor and worked with the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership (IPSL) as Director of Student Programs. At IPSL, she managed the day-to-day aspects of the intercultural service-learning programs, and served as direct contact for more than 2000 per year American and foreign student participants in IPSL’s 14 international undergraduate and graduate intercultural service-learning programs, whilst contributing to the developmental goals and objectives of the Organization. In 2009, she returned to Liberia to serve Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County, Liberia. She started as the Special Assistant to the President for Communications and Development and coordinated most, if not all, events at the University and represented the University at national and international conferences. She also served as Dean of Admissions and Registrar, Director of International Programs and Associate Vice President of Programs and Development before assuming the position as Deputy Minister for Instruction at the Ministry of Education, Republic of Liberia. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Leadership (Education Management) from the University of Botswana, served as the Chief Government Nominee for WAEC, Liberia, Vice-Chairperson of WAEC, International and is an African Women Academics in Research & Development (AWARD) Fellow. Dr. Romelle A. Horton is currently the Interim President of Cuttington University, a position she took on 17 April 2021.
Dr. Horton is a devoted reader who loves to travel, learn and experience new things, and meet new people. Her research interest is usually centered on educational matters, gender issues, refugees, development and service-learning.