Ambassador C. William Allen

Ambassador of the Republic of Liberia in France

Ambassador of The Republic of Liberia in France

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Liberia to France


Current Position
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Liberia to the Republic of France.

Cabinet-Level Experience

Director General, Civil Service Agency, Republic of Liberia (January 2006 to April 2013).–Overall responsibility for implementing the mandates and functions of the CSA in keeping with the Law establishing the CSA (July 1973) and the Standing Orders of the Civil Service (1983). Served as Principal Public Personnel Administrator for the Government of Liberia.

Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Republic of Liberia (Oct. 2003-Jan. 16, 2006)—Chief spokesman for the National Transitional Government of Liberia; Responsible for implementing the mandates and functions of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism in keeping with the Laws and Decrees establishing the Ministry.

Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D. (Mass Communication)
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, May 1991

Master of Public Administration (MPA)
California State University, Sacramento, July 1978

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism [News–Editorial, Print]
The Pulliam School of Journalism, Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana, December 1974

Chairmanship and Leadership Positions on Boards

Chairman, Board of Directors, National Port Authority (NPA), Republic of Liberia, (Aug. 2007- May 2009)—Oversight responsibility for supervising the management of all four ports of the NPA; Spearheaded negotiations for port sector reform and bringing the Freeport of Monrovia in compliance with international port safety and security standards.

Chairman, Board of Directors, Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), [Oct. 2003- Jan.2006] —Oversight responsibility for LBS and all government–owned media entities

Chairman, Project Steering Committee, Liberia Emergency Capacity Building Support Program—(March 2006-March 2013)

Chairman, Project Implementation Committee, Senior Executive Service— (March 2007-March 2013)

Chairman, Project Steering Committee, Transfer of Knowledge through Expatriate Nationals-(March 2006-March 2013)

Member, Board of Governors –Liberia Financial Management Training Program, Ministry of Finance (2006-2013)

Member, Copyright Board, Republic of Liberia (August 2010 to July 2013)– Guide the work of Copyright Office which is responsible for the protection and promotion of intellectual property such as Literary and Artistic Works (books, poems, cartoons, music, choreography, etc.)


University Teaching Experience

Virginia State University, Petersburg, 8/01-12/03: Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications. Taught Journalism I & II; Media Law and Ethics; Introduction to mass communications; copy editing, history of print media and technological development; senior seminar in mass communications, supervised print media internship.

University of South Carolina Spartanburg, 7/00 to 8/01: Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications (Tenured). Taught news writing & reporting, feature writing, law & ethics of mass media, survey of mass communications, history of American journalism, mass media & society, principles of public relations & persuasion, media management.

University of South Carolina Spartanburg, 8/95-7/00: Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications. [Duties were same as above for Associate Professor].

Xavier University of Louisiana, 8/92-7/95: Assistant Professor of Communication. Taught introduction to media writing, writing for the print media, media history, mass media research, media law & ethics, environmental communication, media & society, media criticism, feature writing, news editing. Advised All–American, American Collegiate Press (ACP) Hall of Fame student newspaper, the Xavier Herald.

University of Liberia, Monrovia, 3/85-8/87: Instructor of Journalism. Taught courses in news reporting & writing; public relations. Instructor of Public Administration, 1979-1980: Taught public personnel administration; personnel management; development communications.

Professional Journalism Experience

Staff Writer, Editorial Writer: The Fort Worth (Texas) Star–Telegram. As a Fellow of the American Society of Newspaper Editors [ASNE] Institute for Journalism Excellence, performed day-to-day functions of a reporter and wrote editorials (summer 1995)

Staff Writer, Editorial Writer, Copy Editor: The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee: As a Freedom Forum faculty intern, wrote headlines, copy–edited stories, wrote editorials, and did special–projects reporting (summer 1994).

Staff Writer, The Times Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana: As an American Press Institute Faculty Intern, covered stories for the city desk, spent time in all departments to familiarize myself with the latest innovations in newspaper techniques and technology (summer 1993)

Editor-in-Chief, Footprints Today daily newspaper, Monrovia, Liberia, 3/84-3/85: CEO for the paper. Wrote daily editorials, edited copy, coordinated layout and design, performed gate keeping functions, supervised subeditors, developed and coordinated editorial policy.

Administrative Experience

Assistant Minister of Agriculture for Administration, R.L
1/80 to 8/80: Had responsibility for running the Bureau of Administration which included the following divisions: Personnel, General Administration, Procurement & Supply Services, and Finance.

Personnel Manager, Montserrado Consolidated Corporation, R.L.
9/80 to 12/80: Had responsibility for coordinating the human resource function for the industrial complex which included six (6) companies.

Test Development Specialist, California State Personnel Board
3/81 to 5/82: Chaired Qualification Appraisal Panels and administered written and oral examinations for candidates seeking employment with the State of California.

Personnel and Administrative Manager
Omnicom Fisheries, Inc. Monrovia, Liberia: Coordinated human resource and administrative functions.

President, Press Union of Liberia, Inc.
7/86-7/87: As head of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) was responsible for coordinating and leading the agenda of the independent press in Liberia. Mediated conflicts between media Institutions; served as spokesperson for the independent press.

Postdoctoral Fellowship and Seminars

•Reporting with the Internet for Educators. The Poynter Institute; St. Petersburg, Florida. May 19-24, 2002.

•American Society of Newspaper Editors/Freedom Forum International News Roundtable, “Bringing the World Home.” Charlotte, N.C. September 1999

•23rd C-Span Seminar for Professors on the use of technology as a teaching tool, 01/98

• American Society of Newspaper Editors Institute for Journalism, summer 1994.

•10th National Workshop on the Teaching of Ethics in Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Missouri, Columbia, summer 1994.

• American Press Institute, “Craft of Writing, Art of Editing Seminar“, summer 1993.

• American Press Institute, “Minority Educators Journalism Seminar“, summer 1993


Contributing Author, [Book Chapter]: Political Leaders of Contemporary Africa South of the Sahara: A Biographical Dictionary, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1992.Wrote chapter on Liberia’s Samuel Doe.

The African Interior Mission (novel), Strugglers’ Community Press, Stone Mountain, GA, USA, (1992); Africana Legacy Publishers, Cherry Hill, NJ, USA, (2008).

An Obituary for Hawa Barchue (novel) Central Printing Inc., Monrovia, 1983; New World African Press, North Ridge, California. USA, 2007.

“Beyond Rhetoric and the New international Information and Communication Order: Economically Developing Countries Do Not Practice What They Preach, “Ph.D. Dissertation, May 1991. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Order number 9204488.

“Soaring Above the Clouds of Mediocrity: The Challenges of the Liberian Press in the Nineties, “Liberian Studies Journal, XVI (1990), p.74-84.

Conference Papers

“The Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Freedom of Expression in Liberia in view of the Pending 2003 Liberian Presidential and General Electrical.”34th Annual Liberian Studies Association Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, April 12, 2002.

“Contemporary Liberian Literature: Writers and Critics.”31st Annual Liberian Studies Association Conference. Department of Pan African Studies, California State University, Northridge.3/99

“Information as Technology Transfer to Africa in the 21st Century.” 29th Annual Liberian Studies Association Conference, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, 4/1997

“Toward a Pedagogical Agenda for Journalism Education in Liberia’s Third Republic.” 28th Annual Liberian Studies Association Conference, Southern University, Baton Rouge, March 1996.

“LIFTING OFF INTO CYBERSPACE: Getting Liberia On-line and Plugged into the Information Superhighway”, 27th Annual Liberian Studies Association Conference, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio April 1995.

“Resurrecting the Debate for a New World Information and Communication Order Within the Framework of Post-Gulf War Geopolitics: A Strategy for Economically Developing Countries“, 17th National Third World Studies Conference, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Oct. 1994.

“The Fourth Estate in the Third Republic: Radio as a Tool for National Development in Post-Civil War Liberia,” 26th Annual Liberian Studies Conference, College of Charleston, S.C., April 1994.

“Why the American Press Ignores the Liberian Civil War”, 25th Annual Liberian Studies Association Conference, Albany State University, Albany, Georgia, April 1993.

Professional Affiliation and Fellowships

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication[AEJMC]
National Association of Black Journalists [NABJ]
Editor, Liberian Studies Journal, 4/95-4/98
Member, Board of Directors , Liberian Studies Association, 4/94-4/98
Fellow, American Society of Newspaper Editors Institute for Journalism Excellence, ’95
Freedom Forum Faculty, 1994
Third World Studies Association, 1994-present
Phi Omega Psi, National College Radio Honorary Society, lifetime member
Ted Scripps Fellow, American Press Institute, 1993
Member, College Media Advisers Association 1998-2000
Sasakawa Fellow, Japan Studies Institute, 1998
Fulbright Foundation Fellow, 1987-1991