A Brief Bio of Ambassador Jeremiah C. Sulunteh
Ambassador Jeremiah C. Sulunteh is a prominent Liberian politician, administrator and professor. His career in the areas of administration, teaching, and politics spans more than 30 years.
Born in Gweatamue, a village about 7 miles from Cuttington University, Sulunteh is the last of his two siblings, and the first in his village community to obtain college education. Due to the lack of school in his community, Sulunteh had to be 10 years to begin school, as the only school in his community was 3 miles away from his village.
Sulunteh later went to BWI and graduated with a diploma in Agriculture, and worked with the Bong County Agricultural Development Project to promote small farmers productivity.
In 1984, Sulunteh enrolled as a freshman at Cuttington. As he could not afford the residency fee to stay on campus, he commuted from Gbarnga to school on a regular basis, until he got a scholarship from the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC). Sulunteh is a FREEMANITE! In 1986, he was junior senator for the Sophomore class and a strong political advisor for the Democratic Union of Student (DUS), the party that won the 1986 student council elections. In 1987, he served as President for the Bong University Student Association (BUSA), and in his senior year, Sulunteh was elected as President of the Class of 1988.
Due to his political influence in the student community, the Cuttington University administration appointed Sulunteh as Public Relations Officer and Director of Alumni Affairs, in January 1989. He was later transferred to administration as Special Assistant to Dr. Henrique Tokpa, then Vice President for Administration, a position he held until the Liberian civil war.
In 1993, Sulunteh was awarded a graduate fellowship to do master’s degree in Public Administration at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He later traveled to Canada, where he pursued another graduate degree in Economics. In 2002, Sulunteh fulfilled his promise and returned to Cuttington to serve. He then served as Associate Vice President for Planning and Development from 2002 to 2005, while he taught courses in Economics.
In the 2005 Presidential elections in Liberia, Sulunteh ran as Vice Presidential candidate to Cllr. Winston Tubman. He later served as Minister of Transportation (2006-2008); Minister of Posts & Telecommunications (2008-2010), and as Minister of Labor (2010-2011). In 2012, Sulunteh was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Liberia to the United States, Canada and Mexico.
In January 2017, Ambassador Sulunteh ended his diplomatic tour of duty in Washington DC and returned to Liberia. Ambassador Sulunteh has been nominated as the Vice Presidential Candidate on the Alternative National Congress (ANC) of former Coca Cola Executive, Mr. Alexander B. Cummings for the ensuing October elections.