Minister Kemayah Takes Over As Chairman Of The Baptist Seminary’s Board Of Trustees
The Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary (LBTS) on Thursday, January 21, 2021 held its opening convocation and matriculation service for about 46 students for the academic year 2020/2021 and the official taking over of the Chairmanship of the Board of Trustees at the institution.
According to the President of LBTS, Rev. Momolu A. Massaquoi (PhD), this is the first time the institution has embarked on the exercise of matriculating students in the seminary, noting that with the new culture they are moving to a new direction.
Speaking during the matriculation service, the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Deacon Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., said he is pleased with utmost humility at this point and time to take over the mantle of authority as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of this seminary.
“I accept this wholeheartedly to the glory and honor of God. Let me be quick to point out that, as we embark on this new role of ours as Chairman of the Board of Trustees…, we will provide leadership as first among equals, and will use the core value that we crafted since 1978,” Ambassador Kemayah stated.
He took over as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from Dr. Aaron G. Marshall.
The Foreign Minister intoned that he crafted the core value, which has guided him through his life, saying he named it “TEACH”, meaning transparency, equity, accountability, client and hard work. The Foreign Minister indicated that this will be used as a tool for his duty and responsibility given him on the Board of Trustees.
Serving as keynote speaker, the Director for Quality Assurance, National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE), Rev. James Andrew Lablah, shared with the students the five “Cs” for becoming successful during and after their studies.
Starting with competence, he said it is the ability of an individual to do a work properly. “It is the desire that you have to do all of your academic work accordingly, and doing it as it is required,” he said.
Rev. Lablah explained further that “competence includes all the related knowledge, skills, abilities and attributes that form your work”.
According to him, competence begins on the training ground, noting that it starts from the classroom “and you can begin it here and right now.
“If you came with a mind to work hard, study hard and get the result that you deserve; then you are on the right track of becoming competent,” he continued.
He cautioned that a strong “B” or even stronger “C” is better than a weak “A”, speaking in reference of classroom performance.
However, he said this is not meant to discourage students or make them think of settling for the least, but they should have a desire to justify their education by proving what they have learned through hard work.
Touching on commitment, Rev. Lablah explained that it has to do with the willingness to give time and energy to what one believes in.
“No whining about how hard it is. No worrying about what it looks like, or how others think about it. No laziness and no delays. Your level of commitment plays a key role in the process of creating a fulfilling career,” he added.
According to Rev. Lablah, “You will become committed when your thoughts and emotions are pointing in the direction of your vision and ambition.” He said this requires hard work with time consciousness, noting that “you don’t have to be punished for coming to class late or for being late for activity before you become committed”.
Speaking about character, Rev. Lablah noted that this primarily refers to the assemblage of qualities that distinguish a person from others.
He noted, “It is the attribute and quality you need as a student for your vocation to succeed in your pursuit of education and career.
Speaking of contact, he said this is the good relationship one establishes and develops with a person or people who take them to another level of life. “It will enable you to accomplish your dream. The good relationships you make and the connections you establish and maintain have much to do with how you will succeed in and out of here,” said Rev. Lablah.
He emphasized that contact is important and must be kept valuable, explaining that sometimes it becomes difficult for some competent people to succeed because they lack the appropriate contact.