Professor Ansu D. Sonii, Sr.
Minister of Education, Republic of Liberia
Prof. Ansu D. Sonii, Sr. is a lifelong educator, with a strong commitment to advancing the academic attainment and future prospects of Liberian youth. His appointment and confirmation as Minister of Education cap an accomplished career as both an academic and an accountant. His combined experience in the education sector and finance makes him uniquely qualified to take the helm of the Ministry at a crucial time in the development of the nation.
Most recently, Prof. Sonii served as Vice President for Administration of the University of Liberia. In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing seven departments within the administrative division and working with department directors to plan and budget activities to ensure the effective operation of the University. During his tenure, Prof. Sonii proved himself to be an effective leader, ensuring the efficient operation of the University, while building consensus on how best to tackle difficult challenges.
While serving as Vice President for Administration, he was also a member of the Faculty Senate. In that role, he participated in deliberations and decisions affecting the operations of the academic division of the University, comprising six undergraduate colleges, five graduate programs, three professional schools, and two institutes.
Prof. Sonii’s previous roles in academia have included serving as the Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration, and the Chairman of the Department of Accounting of the University of Liberia.
He also has hands-on experience teaching in secondary schools in Montserrado, Margibi, and Grand Bassa Counties. This experience has given him an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by the Liberian public-school system and has instilled a strong commitment to supporting teachers and school administrators to improve learning outcomes.
In addition to Prof. Sonii’s experience in the education sector, he has also served as a professional accountant for many years. As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), he has provided a range of financial services to private sector clients. He has also worked in-house for successful Liberian businesses in a number of senior roles including general manager, financial comptroller, and chief accountant.
His academic and accounting background, analytical skills, and vast experience in administration will be essential assets in the acceleration of education reforms and improvement of learning outcomes for all Liberian children.