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The African Methodist Episcopal university (AMEU) was founded in 1995 under the leadership of Bishop C. Garnett Henning, Sr., 112th Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) and the 26th Bishop of the 14th Episcopal District in actualization of the dream of the Rt. Rev. William Sampson Brooks’ plan to transform Monrovia College and Industrial Training School into a four year degree-granting institution.

In early 1993, with the expressed desire of Bishop Garnett Henning, the Monrovia College Board of Trustees approved a recommendation from the Monrovia College administration to develop a four year degree college in keeping with the college’s original charter of 1928; and the recommendation was later endorsed by the Board of Directors of the Liberia Annual Conference at the District Planning Meeting held in Accra, Ghana in November 1993. On March 28, 1994, Bishop Garnett Henning appointed an interim administration of the AME Church University, and charged the Team with developing the necessary framework for opening the University.

In May 1995, Dr. Louise C. York, who had served Monrovia College and Industrial Training School for thirty-four unbroken years, with twenty-one years as president, was named the first President of the African Methodist Episcopal University, and subsequently inaugurated on June 6, 1995.

With three (3) colleges identified for the University’s academic programming, AMEU was slated to open in April 1996; however, Liberia was embroiled in a devastating civil war, so, classes were temporarily suspended. In its second year, the university had 953 students; and by academic year 1999-2000, the student population was over 1,000.

Dr. York hooded the first graduates from the Bryant Theological Seminary on March 17, 1999. Dr. York retired in July 2004; and on September 30, 2004 Hon. Edward Forh was named Acting President for the purpose of the Commencement Convocation.

From November 1, 2004, to December 31, 2006, Dr. Levi B. Zangai served as the second President of AMEU. AMEU became a founding member of the Association of Liberian Universities in 2006. After Dr. Zangai resigned in December 2006, an Interim Management Team was appointed in January 2007. Honorable Josephine George Francis served as chairperson of the Team; and Dr. D. Musuleng Cooper was named Acting President of AMEU in April 2007, she served for five months while the search for a new President was conducted.

The search for a President concluded successfully in August 2007 when Dr. Jean Bell Manning was appointed the third President of AME University on September 1, 2007.

Our Vision
“…Pursuit of Excellence”

Our Mission
To educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian values within a caring community.

Our Core Values
In sync with the vision, mission, and objectives, the University operates on the following six core values:

  • Faith
  • Academic Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Stewardship
  • Diversity
  • Liberty


The conduct of strategic planning at AMEU is a process that occurs each fiscal year in July or August, in redrafting the University’s academic future; thus, the plan is entitled Academic Strategy. The University’s strategic plan is a decision-making tool intended to operationalize the University mission. As a policy instrument, the strategic plan is a guide for administrators to solicit ideas from faculty, staff and students; and to provide the context for discussions, consolidation, adoption and implementation of ideas.

The first phase of strategic planning occurs every three years, when stakeholders gather at one of the annual planning retreats to deliberate on the University’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT); and to adopt strategies on how to leverage each element of the SWOT. At the triennial planning retreat, the University develops it three-year Academic Strategy, which is subsequently adopted by the University Council for implementation, and forwarded to the Board of Trustees along with a report on accomplishments from the previous three years.

This 2016-2019 Academic Strategy has been structured around six fundamental operational themes: Student Success, Infrastructure, Teaching and Learning, Technology, Research and Community Service, and Innovation. The Plan was developed to provide supporting orders for divisions, colleges and departments in crafting their own annual goals. The plan emphasizes our commitment to the “pursuit of excellence” in teaching, learning, scholarship and service; and serves as a driving force for how we develop initiatives to advance AME University.

ADDRESS: 34 Camp Johnson Road – Monrovia, Liberia



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34 Camp Johnson Road - Monrovia, Liberia


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