William T. Thompson II, the energetic and charismatic President of the Liberia Chess Federation and Assistant Minister for Energy at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, was among several international students from across the globe that graduated with Master’s degree from Regis University in Denver Colorado, USA. Thompson, who also holds a BSC in Geologist from the University of Liberia, earned a Master Degree in development practice (MDP) during the August 2020 graduation at the Regis University, but celebrated in Monrovia at the weekend.
His thesis focused on finding Solutions to Curb Power theft in Liberia using Sinkor as a case study. This practical research project caught the attention of academicians, development partners like the World Bank, African Development Bank, and major stakeholders in the energy sector in Liberia. The work has five practical recommendations that could rapidly drive down power theft in Liberia if considerations are giving it by the electricity authorities. The Liberian Geologists could not hold a ceremony to commemorate his graduation in the United States in August because of the corona virus, but his huge fan based in Liberia organized a befitting honoring ceremony, where he was appreciated for his academic achievement.
His many friends, workmate, members of the Liberia Chess Federation joined by his family members, Saturday through a party for the young geologist at his residence in Sinkor. The occasion was attended by top officials of the Liberian government, while several other international dignitaries outside Liberia also joined the party online. Dr. Emmanuel K. Urey, a close friend joined in from Madison, Wisconsin, USA. In his speech, Dr. Urey outlined the importance of a Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) in the development of Liberia and the world at-large. He added that William coming back in the midst of other opportunities in the United States and other parts of the World to serve his country is a big sacrifice worth commending.
On her part, the Director of the MDP at Regis, Prof. Dr. Nina Miller, informed the audience that William is a pivotal part of the MDP society. She furthered that the program is serving as a cardinal tool to address some of the development challenges around the world. She concluded by committing to remained in touch with William as he continues to contribute to the development of his country Liberia. William was then made to throw up his graduation cap, which is a tradition practiced at Regis. In response, William Thompson, described the energy sector in Liberia as a hub that can stimulate economy growth and development.
He said his recent academic achievement has given him a huge appetite in placing much of his focus on helping to tackle some of the challenges facing Liberia’s energy sector particular power theft and increasing access to electricity to all Liberian. He said the added degree has given him practical knowledge to contribute to reducing the high level of power theft on the national electricity grid and increase access to electricity to deserving communities across Liberia. It is his hope to publish his thesis in a reputable international journal. He concluded by extending thanks and appreciation to all who supported his academic sojourn at Regis.
Regis University is amongst the few Jesuit Universities in the world. Its MDP brings students and professionals together via the IEEE Global Classroom at the Posner Center for International Development to discern and apply lasting development solutions. The program is equipping leaders to work reciprocally across many boundaries.