New UWI Chan­cel­lor takes of­fice

Robert Ber­mudez to be­gin new term

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

The Univer­sity of the West Indies (The UWI) marked a change in its lead­er­ship this week, as it wel­comed a new Chan­cel­lor, the high­est of­fice-holder in The UWI sys­tem. Trinidad and Tobago na­tional, Mr. Robert Ber­mudez as­sumed du­ties as the 6th Chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity, hav­ing been ap­pointed at the Univer­sity Coun­cil’s an­nual busi­ness meet­ing on April 27, 2017 to suc­ceed Sir Ge­orge Al­leyne.

Ac­cord­ing to the Univer­sity’s Statutes and Or­di­nances, “the Chan­cel­lor shall pre­side at meet­ings of the Coun­cil [the high­est govern­ing body of the re­gional univer­sity] and any Con­vo­ca­tion and shall have such pow­ers and per­form such du­ties as may be con­ferred upon the holder of the of­fice of Chan­cel­lor by The UWI Char­ter or any Statute, Or­di­nance or Reg­u­la­tion.”

Chan­cel­lor Ber­mudez—as he will be called—has been an en­trepreneur for over 40 years. He led the growth of his fam­ily-owned firm, to a re­gional busi­ness through­out the Caribbean and Latin Amer­ica and has en­joyed a dis­tin­guished ca­reer in busi­ness, serv­ing as ei­ther Chair­man or Board Di­rec­tor for sev­eral cor­po­rate bod­ies in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. His vi­sion for the Univer­sity out­lines a keen sense of the mis­sion, ef­fec­tive­ness, rel­e­vance and in­ter­de­pen­dence of academia and the econ­omy. His pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence as a Caribbean-wide en­trepreneur with busi­ness acu­men gar­nered from across the re­gion sug­gests that he will con­tinue the out­stand­ing tra­di­tion of Chan­cel­lor­ship at the Univer­sity.

His pre­de­ces­sors in­clude Her Royal High­ness Princess Alice, Count­ess of Athlone (1948-1971); Sir Hugh Wood­ing (1971-1974); Sir Allen Mont­gomery Lewis (1975-1989); Sir Shri­dath Ram­phal (1989-2003); and Sir Ge­orge Al­leyne (2003-2017).

The UWI’s se­nior ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment team and ex­tended com­mu­nity of fac­ulty and staff, stu­dents, alumni and coun­cil mem­bers warmly wel­come Mr. Ber­mudez to the academy. The in­sti­tu­tion also takes this op­por­tu­nity to thank Sir Ge­orge Al­leyne for his re­mark­able ten­ure of 23 years work­ing at the re­gional Univer­sity, in­clud­ing 14 years of ser­vice as Chan­cel­lor.

The of­fi­cial in­stal­la­tion cer­e­mony for Chan­cel­lor Ber­mudez is ex­pected to be held in Septem­ber 2017, at The UWI, St. Au­gus­tine Cam­pus.

Ac­cord­ing to Vice-Chan­cel­lor, Pro­fes­sor Sir Hi­lary Beck­les, “Our new Chan­cel­lor has demon­strated through his many roles as a man con­scious of his Caribbean iden­tity and re­spon­si­bil­ity, and will­ing­ness to pro­vide lead­er­ship to our peo­ple at home and be­yond, in the en­tre­pre­neur­ial arena and else­where, that he is am­ply en­er­gized for the role of Chan­cel­lor of our beloved UWI. He comes to of­fice on the eve of our 70th an­niver­sary dur­ing which the univer­sity com­mu­nity will be re­flect­ing upon 70 years of ser­vice and lead­er­ship. It will be an hon­our for us to have him pre­sid­ing over th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties.”

In­com­ing UWI Chan­cel­lor, Robert Ber­mudez.

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