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Ewart Williams appointed new UWI Council Chairman

For Release Upon Receipt - March 26, 2009

St. Augustine

In a year marked by the global finance crisis, The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus has enlisted leadership from the topmost rank of the nation. The St. Augustine Campus announces the appointment of Trinidad and Tobago Central Bank Governor, Mr. Ewart Williams, as Chairman of the St Augustine Campus Council.

Mr. Williams, who has been serving as Central Bank Governor since 2002, chaired his first meeting of the St. Augustine Campus Council on March 17th, 2009. But he is no newcomer to the St. Augustine Campus. In fact, Williams is an outstanding UWI graduate and postgraduate alumnus, and was also the Chairman of UWI, St. Augustine’s Audit Committee. In his welcoming remarks, for his work in this sphere, Mr. Williams was given considerable credit by Campus Principal, PVC Professor Clement Sankat.  Prior to his appointment as Governor of the Central Bank, Williams worked for thirty years at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), completing his career there as Deputy Director of the Western Hemisphere Department.

He follows the immediate past Chair, Mr Michael Mansoor, who first presided over a Campus Council meeting in March 1997. Mansoor chaired a total of thirteen meetings of Campus Council, and presided over the period of implementation of the University’s first, two strategic plans. He oversaw the implementation of a new system of governance of the Campus Councils.

Speaking at last week’s Council meeting, Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat described Mansoor’s contribution as “invaluable”.

“Our St. Augustine Campus Council is very grateful for your time, steadfast support, service and signal contribution to the University over the past eleven years. This Campus in particular has been a beneficiary of the changes that have taken place over the period in which you had been Chairman of Campus Council,” Professor Sankat stated.

While Mansoor ushered in the University’s third strategic plan, it is Williams who will oversee its continued implementation over the next four years.