Cameroonian-born Jem Spectar was today inaugurated as President of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in a grandiose ceremony which included congratulatory messages from former US President Bill Clinton, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Desmond Tutu, and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Jem Spectar is the first Cameroonian (and probably the first African) to hold such a distinguished position in a major US university. Congratulations for keeping the dream alive!
"From one West African visionary and leader to another, I would like to extend my congratulations to you for your achievements in academia... As a person of African descent in the U.S., you have shown our continental compatriots here and abroad that hard work and dedication do pay off. Your passion and professional contributions to scholarly work focused on international human rights and the rule of law are indeed an asset to the entire University. The nation of Cameroon will undoubtedly boast of your achievements as a child of their soil."
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - President of Liberia
Jem Spectar gestures during his acceptance speech after his inauguration as UPJ's new president (c) John Tanish/The Tribune-Democrat