A Message from the Board

We are honored to serve as advisors to Paths University of Africa, a beacon of knowledge and progress on the continent. Our collective experience and diverse perspectives empower us to support the university in its mission to educate, inspire, and transform lives. Together, we are committed to building a brighter future for Africa and beyond

Patricia Goldsmith

Patricia Goldsmith is a retired vocational education teacher specialized in marketing and graphic design. She taught at a diverse high school for 20 years, with students from 50 different countries and a faculty dedicated to students with disabilities. Beyond teaching, she engaged in mission work in Peru and Guatemala and volunteered for eight years in Prison Ministry: "Most people get a first chance in life and succeed: but everybody deserves a second chance to succeed."

Ms. Valerie Thilman

Fr. Andrew Okyeo

Mary Perkins-Williams


Dr. Melissa B. Grimes

Dr. Melissa B. Grimes is a dedicated educator who believes in using education to help people achieve growth, identity, and purpose. Throughout her career, she has held various roles in education, including bus driver, Director of Student Services, teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Recently, she became a published author, contributing to a project honoring teachers alongside one of her former teachers. Melissa is married to Fred Grimes, a devoted family man, and they have three children, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. After their children left home, Melissa and Fred became foster parents to a six-year-old girl. Dr. Grimes lives by the Shakespearean quote: “This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.”


Juliette kamara

Board of Advisors Roles and Responsibilities

The Board of Advisors at PATHS University of Africa comprises esteemed community leaders and business professionals who support and guide the university. Their expertise enhances our academic, financial, and community initiatives.

Discover Exciting Events at Paths University of Africa

At Paths University of Africa, our calendar is filled with engaging events designed to enrich student life, foster community connections, and inspire learning. Whether you’re a student, faculty member, alumni, or visitor, there’s always something happening at Paths University. Join us for our upcoming events and be part of the experience!


April 2022 at 09:00 am

Meeting with the local community of Kelema where the University Campus is being built


March 11 at 10:00 am

Meeting with the Minister of Higher Education and the Board of Education of Guinea


March 11 at 10:00 am

Paths University of Africa had his Inaugural Gala at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington