Professor the Hon. Errol Laurence Miller O.J. has been installed as the first Chancellor of Mico University College(formerly Mico Teachers College), Kingston.
Chairman of the Lady Mico Trust, Henry Buxton, officiated at the ceremony at the institution’s Marescaux Road campus, aided by: Pro-Chancellor, Dr. R. Karl James; President of the University College, Dr. Claude Packer; Vice-president, Dr. Carol Clarke; and Student’s Guild President, Nina Dixon.
Former Governor-General, Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, and Lady Hall, headed the list of dignitaries and guests attending the ceremony, including family members of Professor Miller.
Former Governor-General, the Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall (right), and Minister of Education, Andrew Holness (second right) congratulate new Chancellor of the Mico University College, Professor Errol Miller (left), following his installation at the institution’s Marescaux Road campus in Kingston on Wednesday(April 1). Sharing in the moment is Chairman of the Lady Mico Trust, Henry Buxton.
He was presented with the instruments of office, formalising his appointment, after taking the oath of office.
In his inaugural address, he noted that education, by itself, needed to be tempered by character that understands that knowledge is not simply for self-advancement, but for the enhancement of the country on a whole, as well.
He said that opportunities to lead and to manage public resources must be used for the public good and for the advancement of all.
He said that his ambition has always been to serve, and that every position he has held has come as a result of a call to serve.
He thanked the members of the Trust and those who have embraced him on his new appointment, for the confidence that has been placed in him.
“I do not see being the first Chancellor as just being a personal honour, but a symbol of what the new striving of Mico has to be, in these times,” Professor Miller said.
“I hope that I can be an ordinary Chancellor who exemplifies the extraordinary issues of our times,that we must confront in a way that brings benefit to our people and dignity to all of us,” he said.
Minister of Education, Andrew Holness, in welcoming the appointment of Professor Miller said that he is confident that Mico will move from strength to strength under his leadership and guidance.
He also noted that Professor Miller has always been a great advocate for teachers and education on the whole.
“He understands education probably better than most in education today,” the Minister said.
Mr. Buxton, in his remarks expressed confidence in the appointment of the Chancellor.
“We, the Trustees, feel privileged to be able to help with education in Jamaica and are confident that your new Chancellor is well qualified to lead the Mico University College,” he said.
He also noted that in celebration of the appointment of the Chancellor, the Trustees have decided to donate 10,000 pounds(sterling) to benefit talented, but needy, students. The balance will support students in the area of technology.
The Mico University College, established in 1835, is the oldest teacher education institution in the Western Hemisphere.