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Dr. Elizabeth Davis-RussellPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has accepted the request of Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell to withdraw her nomination for the position of Minister of Education.


In a special address to the nation on Sunday, November 16, the Liberian President nominated Dr. Davis-Russell as Minister of Education-designate pending confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate.

According to an Executive Mansion release, in her letter to the Liberian leader dated Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Dr. Davis-Russell cited her United States of America citizenship as an obstacle to her ability to serve effectively in the position.

Moreover, she expressed concern that her abrupt departure from the William V.S. Tubman University without a planned succession has already invoked a process that could undermine the quality of instruction and the reputation that she has engendered at Tubman University over the last two years.

Dr. Davis-Russell was appointed President of the William V.S. Tubman College of Technology (now William V.S. Tubman University) in October 2007. She assumed leadership of the institution in July 2008.

Meanwhile, Dr. Davis-Russell has consented to serve as Chair of the Education Advisory Council.

Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell built a stellar career as a university faculty and administrator in the USA for over 40 years and decided to leave all of that behind to serve her quota to her homeland. She is currently President of the William V.S. Tubman University. Her most recent literary work; “Toward Ethnic Diversification in Psychology Education and Training” can be purchased on

Before returning home, she served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Cortland; as Presidential Associate at Alliant International University, the former California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP); CSPP Coordinator of Continuing Education; Director of Cross-cultural Psychology Proficiency; and Dean of Academic and Professional Affairs; an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Psychology at CUNY's LaGuardia Community College in Long Island, N.Y., and served on the Core Faculty at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Elizabeth Davis-Russell also served as Director of Guidance and Placement at the YMCA of Greater New York's Harlem Branch; Coordinator of Adult and Family Services at Chicago's Englewood Community Health Organizations; Clinical Director at Chicago's Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center; and Director of Admissions and Director of the Center for Inter-cultural Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

A past President of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, Davis-Russell received both a Doctor of Humane Letters and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

She graduated from Suehn Academy in Liberia and the London Tutorial College in London, England. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Oakland University in Michigan, a Master's degree in Educational Psychology from New York University (NYU), a Doctor of Education in Counselor Education from Yeshiva University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from NYU. She received Certification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Institute for the Study of Psychotherapy in New York City.