Ricks Alums

Many students depart Ricks Institute and are successful leaders in careers/services that are significant and rewarding. Students recognize the effect the school has had on their lives and want to make sure that future generations of students at Ricks have the opportunity to experience the brilliance that is Ricks Institute. The School has been blessed with a devoted base of alumni, friends and churches. These people/organizations have given kindly of their resources and have enabled Ricks Institute to develop and thrive.

During your visit to the Alumni Web site, you will discover numerous ways to support Ricks Institute. The school is reliant upon the generosity of the Ricks Institute Alumni Association-USA, Inc. to maintain the level of distinction that is synonymous with the word "Ricks."

The RIAA consistently supports the objectives of Ricks Institute in Liberia.


Notable Ricks Alums

Ricks Institute has many remarkable alums, some of whom are profiled here. Many of our graduates have distinguished themselves in major fields ranging from engineering, education, law to medicine and management

WILLIAM G. NYANUE

WILLIAM G. NYANUE

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Bill explains, “Ricks gave me a solid, broad-based secondary education which enabled me to successfully pursue an engineering career” as well as my focus for living. Bill graduated with honors from the University of Liberia (B.Sc., Civil Engineering) and the University of Arizona (M.Sc., Civil Engineering).

Completing his study in the United States, Bill returned to Liberia and served as Manager of Planning and Development at the Liberia Water and Sewer Cooperation. For more than 20 years, he has been serving as a Civil Engineer with a Chicago engineering firm. He holds membership in the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

As an engaging civil leader in the Liberian community, Bill serves as the current President of Liberians United for National Reforms. He is the past presidents of various community organizations, including the Liberian Community of Illinois and the Grand Gedeh Association of the Americas. As recognition of skilled leadership, Bill has received several leadership awards including leadership awards from the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americans and Liberian Community Association of Greater Pittsburgh.

He enjoys ing and writing and is the author of Witness: The Hand of God in the Liberian Civil War.

Bill recalls that Ricks changed his moral and spiritual compass by helping him realize that the most important thing in life is to know and serve God.

He is an ordained Deacon of the First Baptist Church of Park Ridge Illinois, USA where he serves as Chair of the Deacon Board. He has taught Sunday School for more than 30 years.He has been married for more than 30 years an has 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

DAVID A. THOMAS

DAVID A. THOMAS

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The leadership skills that David learned at Ricks Institute has continued to propel him in his seasons of vocation. As Captain of the basketball team during his time at Ricks and serving as a star point guard, he was the leader on the court and led the team to many wins including the national championship during his senior year.

Following Ricks, David studied Psychology at the University of Liberia and then Civil Engineering at Howard University in Washington DC. After several years working for an Engineering firm in Maryland, he entered the field of computer programming working for Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Washington DC. David later went to work for the Carolina Power and Light company in Raleigh, NC (currently Duke Energy) and rose through the management ranks within the IT Department.

David recalls that the Ricks Institute academic environment taught him to always want to excel and be the best at whatever he set out to do. He was an honor student throughout his stay at Ricks graduating Summa Cum Laude and was the Salutatorian at graduation.

David formed a passion for "giving back" and has served as an active member of the Rick Institute Alumni Association (RIAA, USA Inc) for the last 25 years, and served as the first RIAA National Chairman on the Board of Visitors of Ricks Institute. Under his leadership as National Chairman, the RIAA has embarked on numerous projects to include replacing the main Administration/school building roof, purchasing of the school’s Dining Hall furniture and offering yearly subsidies for teachers‘ salary for the school.

David currently serves as the Director for IT Grid Modernization Solutions Delivery for Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has responsibility for delivering IT Applications and Telecommunications technology for the Company's Smart Grid initiatives.

When David has time, he enjoys photography and playing sports. He lives in Raleigh NC with his wife Amanda (Ricks graduate) and their two sons.

DR. ZWANNAH D. DUKULY

DR. ZWANNAH D. DUKULY

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As a Full Attending Pathologist at the Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, New Jersey, Dr. Zwannah Dukuly ’73 has held close to his commitments the spirit and values of his Ricks years. It was during his 10 years at Ricks, from grades 3 through 12, where he discovered a keen interest in the sciences. He describes those years as “the best time of my life.”

After graduating from Ricks, Zwannah pursued his undergraduate education at the University of Liberia where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (with distinction) in Zoology and Chemistry, and thereafter enrolled in the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine (University of Liberia) where he graduated with Medical Doctor degree.

“I learned to respect others and treat everyone fairly. We were very competitive at Ricks but it was done in a respectful manner. By learning to be confident in my abilities, I was about to set high goals for myself and work hard to achieve them.”

As a young medical doctor, Zwannah began his practice in rural Liberia. He later moved to the United States where he served as a Research Assistant as Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Subsequently, he completed two residency programs in Pathology and Surgical Pathology from the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC and the State University of New York in Brooklyn, USA respectively.

Zwannah recalls that Ricks education was the pillar of not only his medical career but his entire life. “The education I received at Ricks was broad and give me the background I needed for everything else I have done in my life. These formative year at Ricks did not only affect my academic life but also my character.”

Today as a Diplomat of the American Board of Pathology and Clinical Pathology and Cytopathology, Zwannah says, “The sacrifices made by our instructors, including the many missionaries that came to Ricks during my time there have taught me the importance of using my talents and skills for the good of humanity.”

He has been instrumental in bringing to surface in recent years the treatment of of the disease river blindness mostly in the west African regions.

In the midst of his busy career, Zwannah volunteers as an instructor at the University of Liberia’s A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine where he graduated with academic honors in 1983.

Zwannah loves playing basketball and traveling.

MYDEA WHITE

MYDEA WHITE

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Educating girls and boys has always been the heartbeat of Ms. Mydea White ’83. Ms. White pursued her interest in primary and secondary education after graduating from Ricks, first earning a BSc degree in Education from the Cuttington University in Liberia and then Master of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, USA. She also taught in the classroom both in the United States and Liberia, where she serves as the CEO

Ms. White served once as Deputy Minister of Education for Administration in Liberia. Currently, she sits on the Board of Directors for the National Social Security Cooperation of Liberia and is an active member of her local church.

Reflecting on her education at Ricks, Ms. White expressed, “My education and time spent at Ricks has had a major impact on my life. I learned independence and discipline as well as the need to get along with different sorts of people as cooperation and attitude are major attributes for successful living.”

When her thought turns to the relationship she cultivated at Ricks, Ms. White said these words: “I have lasting relationships that have proven to be bridges that have connected me to higher and greater possibilities and opportunities in life. I could live my life at Ricks over and over along with the same people any day.”

Ms. White loves reading and planning events. She lives in Monrovia, Liberia.


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