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Professor Densil A. Williams appointed Chairman of the UWI Press Board of Directors

For Release Upon Receipt - September 23, 2021




The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. W.I. Thursday, September 23, 2021. — The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Densil A. Williams as the new chairman of the UWI Press Board of Directors. The appointment took effect on August 1, 2021. Professor Williams succeeds Dr Luz Longsworth, who held the post from June 2017.

Professor Williams indicated that “as chairman of the UWI Press, my attention will be focused on working with management to design organic and inorganic strategies to grow the balance sheet. The UWI Press has a strong brand which should be leveraged to generate significant financial benefits. The main strategic goals over the medium-term will be to ensure the financial sustainability for the UWI Press through adroit balance sheet management.”

Professor Williams has served on the UWI Press Board of Directors since February 2017 as the Vice-Chancellor’s nominee, providing insights on the commercial and financial operations of the UWI Press.  He was appointed as the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Five Islands Campus in May 2020. His appointment was approved by the University Council and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has indicated its keenness to work with Professor Williams in advancing the Five Islands Campus as a key objective within The UWI's strategic plan. In addition to his position as Principal of the Five Islands Campus, Professor Williams continues to oversee the portfolio as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic, Industry Partnerships and Planning, maintaining an impressive record of public service, research and scholarly work and university administration.

Professor Williams serves as director on numerous boards in the private and public sector in Jamaica and across the Caribbean region. He serves on several university committees entrusted with delivering transformational change to the operations of The UWI.  Professor Williams is the author of five books, numerous research papers, conference proceedings, book chapters and articles in refereed journals. He is also a Commonwealth scholar, a Government of Jamaica Exhibition scholar, a Lomé IV scholar and, a Jamaica Flour Mills scholar.

The UWI community extends congratulations to Professor Williams on this appointment and wishes him a successful tenure.



About The UWI Press

The mission of The UWI Press is to be the premier scholarly book publisher in the Caribbean, to enhance and encourage research and publication of Caribbean scholarship, to promote the global reputation of The University of the West Indies by empowering the scholarly community it serves, and to disseminate Caribbean scholarship to the world within a cost-effective environment. For more, visit

About The UWI

The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region.

From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world.

Ranked among the top universities in the world, by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists. In 2020, it earned ‘Triple 1st’ rankings—topping the Caribbean; and in the top in the tables for Latin America and the Caribbean, and global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the top universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action.

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