JAMES M. FROMAYAN
Chairman

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The Chair of LINCSA, James M. Fromayan obtained a BA Degree in Political Science with emphasis on International Relations at the University of Liberia in 1980. In 1989, he received his Master’s Degree in Politics and Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands. He has made presentations on numerous conferences and workshops on a variety of topics.

                                                        

The LINCSA Chair worked at the Voinjama Multilateral High School as a class room teacher in 1981 and was quickly elevated as Vice Principal for Administration the same year. Due to his effectiveness as a school administrator, the principal recommended him to act in his stead while the former went for his Master’s Degree in 1982.  The following year, Chairman left Voinjama Multilateral School due to political interference in the school matters by local authorities.

Chairman Fromayan joined the instructional staff of the Department of Political Science, University of Liberia as a Teaching Assistant in 1983. In 1984, the LINCSA Chair was one of six members of the Liberian People’s Party illegally arrested and jailed for ten (10) months, five of which was at the then maximum Belle Yellah prison. The Chairman spent five years in exile (Ghana, The Netherlands & the United States).

He gave up his American Refugee passport and returned to Liberia as part of an advanced team of the Interim Government of National Unity led by Dr. Amos Sawyer. In 1992, President Sawyer appointed the LINCSA Chair as an Assistant Minister/Administration, Ministry of Education. He served as Acting Minister of Education for seven months in 1993.

After the Accra Peace Conference on Liberia in 2003 of which the Chairman was a part, he returned to Liberia. In 2004, the Chairman of the Transitional Government of Liberia, H. E. Gyude Bryant (of Blessed Memory) appointed Chairman Fromayan as Vice Chair of the National  Elections Commission (NEC). He dutifully served in that capacity with distinction until in 2006 when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed him as Chairperson of NEC. In 2013, President Sirleaf appointed Fromayan as Chair of the National Commission on Small Arms.

Chairman Fromayan is happily married to Elnora T. Fromayan and they have five children.