“The entire founding team at SMU is very grateful to Dr. ESD Fomin for the role he has played in getting the University approved and serving as both the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Registrar on an interim basis,” said Professor Januarius Jingwa (JJ) Asongu, President and Chief Executive Officer of SMU. “With the growth that SMU is experiencing, he has a lot of responsibilities maintaining the integrity of students’ academic records. As a man of impeccable reputation and someone with years of university experience, we are confident that he will ensure that SMU meets the highest standards. As Registrar, Dr. Fomin is a member of the Executive Council and reports directly to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs with dotted line reporting to the President.”
“SMU was founded as a Christian as well as an American-style academic institution of higher learning and this imposes certain expectations on us, one of which is the integrity of students’ academic records and I am committed to ensuring that we meet the highest national and international standards,” said Dr. ESD Fomin, Registrar and a founding father of SMU. “As an international university, we have the challenge of meeting standards set by both the Cameroon Ministry of Higher Education as well as state and federal authorities in the United States and US accreditators.”
The University Registrar is responsible for directing all aspects of the Office of the University Registrar for all programs in the University, working closely with the academic deans, the Office of Information Technology, and members of senior administration to foster efficient, accurate and timely student records; providing leadership in all matters pertaining to the development, implementation, integrity, and maintenance of the various information systems utilized in the integration of student records with course management systems, student billing systems, and any and all data systems involving student records; managing student registration procedures and policies; controlling all aspects of student records management (collecting, recording, maintaining, and reporting within FERPA guidelines: e.g., grades, registration data, transcripts, enrollment verification, and other associated audits); ensuring compliance with recordkeeping standards, as well as college policies and procedures, and assuring that all functions of the office are performed according to standards established by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers ( AACRAO) as well as U.S. federal rules and regulations, especially pursuant to FERPA; supervising student registration and control of class rosters; tracking of all student enrollment status, academic records, degree audits, and the certification of graduation eligibility;
Dr. Fomin comes to SMU from the University of Yaounde I, Yaounde, Cameroon, where he has been teaching in the Department of History for over a decade. Before going to the University of Yaounde I, he was a history lecturer at the University of Buea, which is the first Anglo-Saxon university in Cameroon and based in the historic city of Buea, original capital of Cameroon under the German Administration as well as capital of the British Southern Cameroons.
The Registrar has a Doctorate in History from the University of Yaounde. He is the author of six books, has published several scientific articles, and participated in many seminars, conferences, and symposia globally, including in the United States. His books include A Handbook on Essoh-Attah Chiefdom (Essoh-Attah Development and Cultural Association, 1994); Slave Settlements in the Banyang Country, 1800-1950 (University of Buea Publications, 1998); A Comparative Study of Societal Influences on Indigenous Slavery in Two Types of Societies in Africa (African Studies, Volume 59, Edwin Mellen Press, April 2002); and Central Africa: Crises, Reform and Reconstruction by E.S.D Fomin and John W. Forje (CODESRIA, 2005). In addition to these, he has published the following school manuals – Introduction to History: Book One (ANUCAM, 2002); Introduction to History: Book Two (ANUCAM, 2002); and A Guide to Success in History Examinations at the Advanced and Higher Levels (FESFAT, 1988). He has about two dozen unpublished works presented at conferences in various African, European and North American countries including Cameroon, Canada, France, Ghana, Italy, Morocco, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, the United States etc. His main research interest is Slavery in Africa.
About Saint Monica University: The American International University
Saint Monica University (SMU) is an American-style private Catholic institution, offering programs that are at the intersection of the liberal arts, science and technology. It is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social, entrepreneurial and professional development of a diverse student population. SMU is focused on the student experience and helping our students achieve their educational and career goals, and contributing to a more sustainable society. We offer various bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees through the School of Arts & Education (SAE), School of Business & Public Policy (SBPP), School of Health & Human Services (SHHS), and School of Science, Engineering & Technology (SSET). SMU is a fully accredited institution in Cameroon by the National Commission for Private Higher Education at the Ministry of Higher Education. For more information about SMU, visit our website: http://www.stmonicauniversity.com or write to us at email@example.com.