• Andre Sonko Named Managing Director of Suffolk-Dakar


President David J. Sargent today announced the appointment of Andre Sonko as managing director of the Suffolk University Dakar campus.

Sonko, a former Minister of Education in Senegal has served as a special consultant on higher education to the Senegalese president, will direct the University’s Dakar campus, which was founded in 1999 as an American-Senegalese cooperative venture. 

He was a valuable resource and ally in the University’s efforts to establish Suffolk-Dakar, the first and only full-service American campus in West Africa.

In addition to serving as Minister of Education, Sonko has been director of Senegal’s Office of Government Studies; chief of staff for the prime minister; Minister of Labor, Employment and Public Affairs; and Minister of Internal Affairs.

Sonko is president of the S.O.S. – Sahel Senegal, and a member of Caritas Senegal and the orientation council of the Aspen Institute of France. He is a knight in the Order of Merit of Senegal, a knight of the Malta Order, an officer of the Legion of Honor, commander of Academic Palms of France and Senegal, and commander of the National Order of Korea.

He holds a Master of Science degree with distinction in economics from the University of Dakar in Senegal and a master of business administration degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Suffolk University awarded him an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in 2001.

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