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Senior Appointments Made at UWI Council Meeting

For Release Upon Receipt - May 10, 2016


The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. 10 May 2016– Members of the Council of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), along with guests met on Friday April 29 at The UWI St. Augustine Campus. The Council’s annual business meeting was chaired by UWI Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne.  At this forum, major advancements across The UWI's four campuses during the last academic year, and projections for the future were discussed.

The University Council is the governing body of the regional university, and exercises powers such as making appointments authorised by The UWI’s Charter and Statutes, managing the finances, and all business affairs of the University. The University Council Meeting, according to the University’s Statute 22, is scheduled to review the work of the University together with the audited statement of accounts, and make required appointments of new and returning Deans and Senior Managers. These appointments included:

Deans of Faculties

  • Reappointment of the Dean, Faculty of Law, Cave Hill Campus:  Dr David Berry

  • Reappointment of the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Cave Hill Campus: Dr Justin Robinson

  • Appointment of the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Mona Campus: Professor Ian Boxill

  • Appointment of the Dean, Faculty of Law, Mona Campus: Dr Leighton Jackson

  • Appointment of the Dean, Faculty of Food and Agriculture, St Augustine Campus: Dr Wayne Ganpat

  • Reappointment of the Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, St Augustine Campus: Professor Indar Ramnarine


    Senior Managers

  • Reappointment of the Principal, Mona Campus: Professor Archibald Mc Donald

  • Appointment of the Principal, Open Campus: Dr Luz Longsworth

  • Appointment of the Principal, St Augustine Campus:  Professor Brian Copeland

  • Reappointment of the Deputy Principal, Mona Campus: Professor Ishenkumba Kahwa

  • Reappointment of the Deputy Principal, St Augustine Campus: Professor Rhoda Reddock

  • Reappointment of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Board for Undergraduate Studies:

    Professor Alan Cobley

  • Appointment of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Affairs:

    Ambassador Dr Richard L. Bernal, OJ (previously announced)

  • Appointment of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Planning: Professor Densil Williams

  • Reappointment of the University Counsel: Mrs Laleta Davis-Mattis

  • Reappointment of the University Management Auditor: Ms Judith Nelson


    At the meeting, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles presented the Vice-Chancellor’s Report to the Council which was streamed live to the public for the first time. Among the highlights of his report are:


  • The UWI is taking steps to become more unified at every level, for a coherent university system across all four campuses. The One UWI Task Force is working toward increasing the efficiency and harmony of the University’s governance and administrative processes.

  • The Transformation Committee, led by the University’s Chief Financial Officer, is working together with contributing governments and other stakeholders, to minimise increases in costs and maximise revenue generation across the University.

  • The University has proposed a Colleges of The UWI (CUWI) System which will connect The UWI to all interested and qualified community colleges in the region, offering them support for and access to advanced teaching and learning. This is a vital step toward a more resilient, high-quality tertiary education system that brings the Caribbean together.


During his presentation, Vice-Chancellor Beckles also articulated his Triple-A-Vision for rekindling an activist university, through alignment of industry and academia, expansion of access to tertiary education and alertness to global opportunities.  Expanding on the focus of his vision he stated, “UWI’s priority has to be rebuilding our economic competitiveness and the achievement of economic growth and development, to drive our region out of recession. To get us out of the recession into which we were pushed, we need an activist university committed to conceptualising and implementing solutions aimed at improving the quality of life in the Caribbean, bringing activism to the fore".

The Vice-Chancellor’s Report is available online at



Biographies of the new appointees are included under Appendix



About The University Council

The Council of The University of the West Indies consists of the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, the Pro Vice-Chancellors, Chairs of Campus Councils, Campus Principals, University Registrar, University Bursar, University Librarian, Treasurer, Chair of the Committee of Deans, Academic Board representative, Graduate elected by The UWI Alumni Association, appointed member of Government from each contributing country, Chancellor’s nominees – persons of high international, regional or national standing from the professions, commerce, industry, public service, labour movement and other non-governmental organisations, Tertiary Level Institution representative, Non-campus country representative, Senior Administrative/Professional staff representative, Administrative, Technical and Service staff representative and Student Guild representative.


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 BarbadosJamaicaTrinidad 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.)