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A major changing of the guard is anticipated next year at The University of the West Indies when no less than four senior managers will proceed on retirement, necessitating the appointment of suitable persons to replace them. The University Council, meeting in Extraordinary session on Thursday, November 9th at the Mona Campus, agreed on replacements for three of the four positions: Principal of the Mona Campus, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies, and Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Outreach Sector. The fourth position – that of University Registrar – is still to be decided.
Professor Gordon Shirley won the approval of the University Council to become Principal of the Mona Campus, effective August 1, 2007 on the retirement of current Principal, PVC Elsa Leo-Rhynie; Professor Alvin Wint, current Head of the Department of Management Studies, will take up the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies upon the retirement of PVC Professor Marlene Hamilton and Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education at Cave Hill, will take on responsibility for the Non-Campus Countries and Distance Education as Pro Vice-Chancellor upon the retirement next year of PVC Professor Lawrence Carrington.
Professor Shirley started his professional career with Alcan Jamaica Company Limited as a Mechanical Engineer in the mid to late 1970s after completing his BSc in Engineering at the St Augustine Campus in Trinidad. On completing his doctorate in Business Administration and Operations Management at Harvard University, he took an assignment as Assistant Professor at the University of California from 1987 to 1991. He then returned to Jamaica and has been the Carlton Alexander Professor of Management at the Mona Campus since 1991, serving as Head of the Department of Management Studies and Executive Director of the Mona Institute of Business. He also served concurrently as Executive Chairman of the Jamaica Public Service from 1997 to 2001.
Professor Alvin Wint is an intellectually gifted academic. He did his undergraduate education at the UWI, Mona Campus before completing an MBA (in Finance) at Northeastern University in Boston and his Doctorate in International Business at Harvard University. He then took up an appointment at Northeastern University as Associate Professor of Management and had responsibilities, inter alia, for Faculty policy, graduate programmes, complaints resolution and student life quality.
He joined the staff at Mona Campus in 1993 and served as Head of the Department of Management Studies from 1997 to 2003. Professor Wint has received numerous awards, including the Vice-Chancellor’s Award in 2003 for all-round Excellence in Teaching, Public Service and University Service.
Professor Wint chairs the Strategic Planning Task Force at the Mona Campus. He is also chairman of the Board of Directors of the Statistical Institute of Jamaica and serves on the Boards of the NCB and NCB Insurance Co., JAMPRO and Jamaica Producers Group Ltd.
Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Education at the UWI Cave Hill Campus. She has considerable experience in and understanding of the educational needs of the Eastern Caribbean countries. Her professional experience began in 1970 in the UWI School of Continuing Studies in St. Lucia as Part-time Instructor of English Language and Literature. She was Acting Resident Tutor in 1973-74 and served at the Mona Campus as Temporary Lecturer from 1977-79. Professor Simmons-McDonald has been a faculty member at Cave Hill since 1991. Since 1993, Professor Simmons-McDonald has provided leadership as Deputy Dean (Outreach), as Head of Department and as of 2003, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education.
Council also agreed to reappoint for a further five years Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Hilary Beckles, as Principal of the Cave Hill Campus.