Saydah Williamson Taylor, a passionate , well skilled and motivated Sociologist, a mental health specialist and social worker with over 25 years of clinical experience working in diverse fields in academia has been appointed Acting Dean for Student Affairs at the University of Liberia.
Dean Taylor was appointed by the president of the University of Liberia, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks.
Dean Taylor joined the University of Liberia in October, 2012, as an instructor in the Liberal Arts College of Social Sciences and Humanities teaching in the Department of Anthropology.
Dean Taylor is credited for the pivotal contribution she made in developing the newly Bachelor of Social Work program which is a full degree granting Program at the University of Liberia
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, a Master of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master of Arts degree in Education and Counseling from the Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, United States. Dean Taylor is at verge of completing her PhD in Community and Behavior Health.
Dean Taylor is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Adult and Adolescent & Consultative Professional Services, Inc. (AACPS) situated in Caldwell. Dean Taylor takes over this herculean task with a batch of experience to the new portfolio as dean recognizing her service with many international and local institutions.
Like many tactful administrators, Dean Taylor will certainly rely on the experience and expertise generated for distinctly serving with notable local and international institutions in and out of Liberia.
Dean Taylor has served as Lead National Consultant with the World Health Organization (WHO), also as Adjunct Professor at the Detroit Wayne County College in the district of Michigan, USA, and as contributor to the National Mental Health Policy, Ministry of Health.
In an exclusive interview with UL Relations, Dean Taylor expressed optimism that the agenda set before her of positively rebranding student affairs at the University of Liberia can be achieved.
“The University of Liberia is hoping to be among the best twenty universities in West Africa in twenty years. So any small step we can take that will make us achieve that goal is where I have been asked to help,” she said. “I am certainly committed to achieving that with the support from the university, the Government of Liberia and INGOs, the private sector.”
As Dean of Students Affairs, she said she would like to see “an efficient, qualified and productive academic student advisors to handle student affairs, a functional student affairs office, meaning increasing student activities on our campuses, supporting students will tutorials to make good grades to the point where they can get employment even before graduation, networking with other student groups to seek opportunities for our students, and getting our students involved in intellectual and cultural exchanges.”
Dean Taylor thanked UL President, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks for appointing her as dean, adding, “My appointment is a wake-up call for me to contribute in a way that if I do not achieve all, I must achieve those deliverables that are important and impactful,” she stated.
She paid homage to Dr. William E. Allen, Associate VP Jugbwe, Dean Sekou Konneh, and her fellow instructors for the support she received while serving as instructor in the Liberal Arts College of Social Sciences and Humanities.