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Senior Appointments Made at 2017 UWI Council Meeting

For Release Upon Receipt - May 5, 2017


In addition to the appointment of the new UWI Chancellor, a number of new and returning deans and senior managers were confirmed at the Annual Meeting of the Council of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) held at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados on April 27, 2017. As the governing body of The UWI, the University Council exercises powers such as making appointments authorised by The UWI’s Charter and Statutes, managing the finances, and all business affairs of the University. These appointments included:


• Re-appointment of the Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, Cave Hill Campus: Dr Colin Depradine

• Appointment of new Dean, Faculty of Faculty of Humanities and Education, Cave Hill Campus: Professor Evelyn O’Callaghan

• Appointment of new Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Mona Campus: Dr Tomlin Paul

• Re-appointment of the Dean, Faculty of Law, St. Augustine Campus: Professor Rose-Marie Belle-Antoine


Campus Senior Executive Team

• Appointment of new Deputy Principal, St. Augustine Campus: Professor Indar Ramnarine

• Re-appointment of the Deputy Principal, Open Campus: Professor Julie Meeks-Gardner

• Re-appointment of the Campus Registrar, Mona Campus: Dr Camille Bell-Hutchinson

• Re-appointment of  the University Registrar, Regional Headquarters: Mr C. William Iton


Campus Council Members

• Appointment of new Chair, Campus Council, Mona Campus: Mr Earl Jarrett

• Appointment of new Chair, Campus Council, Open Campus: Her Excellency Dr June Soomer


Deans serve a period of four years, while Council Chairs are appointed for a five-year term and the period of appointments for members of the Campus Senior Executive Team vary. The Dean of a Faculty is responsible for its overall academic and administrative management including its financial affairs. He/she is also expected to also represent the Faculty on all relevant Campus and University Boards and Committees as well as external stakeholders.

The Deputy Campus Principal assists the Campus Principal in the administration of the campus and deputises in his/her absence. This position has special responsibility for student matters including academic quality, developing, implementing and assessing student services and co-curricular programmes and services that support the development and success of all students.

The Campus Registrar is directly responsible for administering the admissions, registration and examinations processes for students. Additionally, as Chief Administrative Officer of the campus, he/she is charged with providing secretariat services to all campus committees and for administering the records and archives of the campus. The Campus Registrar also administers the recruitment of staff and is responsible for training and development.

Campus Council Chairs sit at the helm of the governing and executive body of the campuses. Each Campus Council is vested by the University Council, to manage all matters as prescribed in the University’s Statute 21 and subject to The UWI’s Charter.




About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website: 

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)