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New UWI Public Orators appointed

For Release Upon Receipt - May 11, 2010

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) has appointed three new Public Orators and renewed the term of one of its current Orators. Each campus of The UWI has its own Public Orator who prepares and delivers citations at University functions such as graduation and awards ceremonies and convocations.

The Public Orator selected for the Cave Hill Campus is Mr Robert Leyshon, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature. He will succeed Professor Henry Fraser, former Dean of the Cave Hill Faculty of Medical Sciences, who retires in July of this year.

Professor Brian Meeks, Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), will continue as Public Orator of the Mona Campus for another three-year term.

At the St Augustine Campus, the long-serving and highly respected Professor Barbara Lalla, who retires this year, is followed by Professor Surujpal Teelucksingh, Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, as Public Orator for that campus.

Dr Francis Severin, Head of the Open Campus, Dominica, takes over for the now retired Dr Lennox Bernard as Public Orator for the Open Campus.

These appointments were confirmed by The University Council, at its meeting on April 16th, 2010, at the Cave Hill Campus.


About UWI

Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.