Meet Your New President
B.A.Th., B.D.(Hons), AKC, D.Phil.
On Leading the Scorpion Family
His professional objective is threefold: To so improve upon the learning environment and maximize the learning outcomes of our students, that not only are more functional graduates absorbed within the labor market, but they are better positioned academically to further their education.To strengthen the resource base of the University. To promote (academic/professional) linkages that upgrade the quality of the programs we offer.
The new president brings suitable skills to this office. He has cultivated intentionally over the years eight competencies: three sets of skills (academic, administrative, and leadership) and five spheres of knowledge (theology, philosophy, and the Liberian educational, ecclesiastical and political contexts).
As an academic, he is expected to use his well hewn oral and literary skills to full effect in nurturing and developing a well functioning and enviable learning environment. His analytical aptitude and research competence combined with a passion for the classroomwill help immensely in personifying the qualities we seek in our students. Teaching methods and assessments are areas that will naturally attract his attention.
Many years of administrative experience have made him proficient at organizing and coordinating individuals and their functions; supervising them and monitoring their output; setting priorities, issuing appropriate reprimands; and reporting to his superiors matters affecting policy and the health of the institution. He knows the virtue of clearly outlining goals and objectives that all on whom we rely to accomplish can embrace from the word ‘go’. The administrator in him will want duties performed, targets reached, hitches timely reported, and deadlines observed. However, it is to the leader within him that he must look to inspire and motivate colleagues, such that their loyalty generates from them much more than they would otherwise have given. The idea here is to make CU the kind of learning crucible (in practice) that our country so desperately seeks (in theory).
His vast experience in leadership began at age 22 when he committed his life to putting people first. The welfare, morale and contribution of co-workers will matter to him. It will be important, however, as he celebrates the efforts of others, and keep in mind their part in the broader picture, neither to compromise professionalism in the conduct of their duties, the ethics espoused by the University, nor the deliverables of their various portfolios. In harnessing the goodwill and loyalty of his co-workers, he understands well that he cannot be passive in mobilizing requisite funding for the targets together we have set.
As a systematic theologian in the philosophical tradition there are at least four ways of going about his work that come naturally to him. Attending to detail; handling issues one at a time, and in order of priority (or first principle), having an open mental space for diverse and often contrary views (with an instinct to assimilate or accommodate); and approaching policies, procedures, and rules with an eye to clarity, consistency and coherence. This disposition will suit his attempt to promote an environment where ideas flourish and from which practical solutions will likely emerge.
He brings (after 12 years of teaching) a familiarity with the challenges, resources and opportunities students, teachers, parents, and administrators in the educational sector face on a daily basis. He also brings a considerable mastery of the national, regional, and global ecclesiastical context within which CU operates.
Years of presiding over a company’s US $24M budget so crucial to maintaining an adequate supply of petroleum products in the country have given him a broad and practical understanding of how the offices of State work; how well or loosely coordinated they can be; and the challenges that surely face any institution with a major task to perform in the national interest.
Herman Beseah Browne is the fourth onto the union of George Daniel Browne (The Late Most Revd and Clavendar Railey Browne). He comes from Garrawe, Grand Kru County, Liberia. He is married to Trokon Lisa Chea, and they have three children: Hermalisa Inquen, Hermalyn Nyaunde, and Herman Beseah II.
2012 - 2016 Chairman of the Board, Liberia Petroleum Refining Company
2010 - 2016 Dean, Trinity Cathedral, Monrovia, Liberia
2008 –2010 VPAA, African Methodist Episcopal University, Monrovia
2005 - 2008 Head of Theology Graduate Department, Cuttington University, Liberia
2001 – 2004 The Abp of Canterbury’s Sr Advisor on Anglican Affairs, UK
1996 – 2001 The Archbishop’s Advisor on Ecumenical and Anglican Affairs, London
1994 - 1996 Dean , Simon of Cyrene Theological Institute, London UK
1990 – 1994 Lecturer, Simon of Cyrene Theological Institute, London UK
1987 (Feb – Oct) Asst Director, Christian Education, ECL; Chaplain, Bromley Mission School, Virginia, , Curate, Grace Church, Clay Ashland Liberia
EDUCATION: Doctor of Philosophy - Heythrop College, London University – 1994
Bachelor of Divinity (Honours) Kings College London University (II.I) -1990; Associate of Kings College, University of London- 1990; Certificate in Biblical History St. George’s College, Jerusalem, Israel – May 1987;Bachelor of Theology (cum laude) Cuttington University College, Liberia – 1986
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
Theological Anthropology: a dialectic study of the African and Liberation traditions, H. Browne, Avon Books, London 1996.
Passion for Critique: essays in honour of JF Laishley, Eds. H. Browne, and G. Griffiths –Dickson, Sit Publishers, Prague, 1997.
50 Things Your Pastor Forgot to Tell You: about God, the bible and you, H. Browne, Stella Maris Polytechnic Production Centre, Liberia, 2006.
Grasshoppers No Longer: critical essays on western cultural history, Theology and Philosophy, Sibiu Press, Romania, 2008.
Appreciating Pentecostalism, H. Browne, National Printers, Monrovia, Liberia, 2011.
Know What Not To Believe: Attractive Christian heresies, H. Browne, National Printers,Liberia, 2011.
The Liturgy of the Eucharist, H. Browne, National Printers, Monrovia, Liberia, 2011.
African Traditional Theology: A Political Critique, H Browne, National Printers, Liberia, 2011.
‘The Bible and Ethnicity’ in New Lamps: Fresh Insights into Mission, edited by A Gadd & D Premraj, Zon Publishers, Chennai, India 2001, pp83-97.
‘Have You Been Converted’ in Christian Action Journal Autumn(1992)24-25.
‘Bearing the burden of Assumptions’ in Simon of Cyrene Theological Institute Journal, No2, Spring (1995)40-47.
A Review of P. Gifford’s ‘Christianity and Politics in Doe’s Liberia’, Cambridge University Press, 1994 in Liberian Studies Journal, Vol. 19, 2 (1994) 278-282.
A Review of A.G. Nnamani’s ‘The Paradox of a Suffering God: on classical, modern-western and third world struggles to harmonise the incompatible attributes of the Trinitarian God’, Studies in the Intercultural History of Christianity Vol.95, Peter Lang 1994 in Journal of Religion in Africa, XXVII,2(1997) 212-213.
‘God’s Shalom:healing of the nations’ in Light for our Path 1998, IBRA 1997, pp237-240.