Ophelia Weeks, who
served for more than 30 years on the faculty at Florida
International University in Miami, was appointed the
fourteenth president of the University of Liberia in Africa.
Professor Weeks is a neuroscientist who served as a professor
of biology at Florida International University. There she was
also the director of Quantifying Biology in the Classroom and
was an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Women’s and
Gender Studies. She retired from Florida International
University in January.
Professor Weeks was born in Washington, D.C., when her
Liberian parents were studying at Howard University. Her
father served as the third president of the University of
Liberia. When she takes office, she will be only the second
woman to lead the university since its founding in 1951.