JIS News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jamaican-born United States (US) restaurant chain owner, Lowell Hawthorne, O.D., has been appointed the new Chairman of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) Partnership Board.

This was announced this week by University of the West Indies (UWI) Vice Chancellor, Professor E. Nigel Harris, at the headquarters of the AFUWI, in New York.

Mr. Hawthorne is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Bronx-based Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill Inc., which operates a chain of 120-franchised quick serve restaurants specialising in Jamaican cuisine.

Professor  Harris hailed Mr. Hawthorne as, “a Caribbean luminary of Jamaican heritage, who has accumulated a number of remarkable achievements in the USA and has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to supporting education,”  including the sponsorship of scholarships to several Jamaican institutions, such as the UWI and his alma mater,  Oberlin High School, as well as to United States institutions, such as Bronx Community College, which he also attended.

Mr. Hawthorne, who was conferred with the Order of Distinction by the Government of Jamaica in 2005,  was named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year for the Tri State Area’ by accounting firm, Ernst and Young in 2001.

The success of the Golden Krust chain has been chronicled widely in US media, including the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Black Enterprise Magazine, CNN and FOX 5 News, and it has been continuously acknowledged as “the largest manufacturer, distributor and franchisor of Caribbean baked products in the USA."

Responding to his appointment,  Mr. Hawthorne reiterated his personal commitment to contributing to the development of young people in the Caribbean and the Diaspora.

He cited the opportunity to serve on the Foundation’s Board “as providing another vehicle for making positive changes in our community,” and affirmed his belief that, “investment in education is one of the best ways to impact society."

The AFUWI is a charitable organisation, with a mission to raise funds in the United States to enhance higher education at the UWI.

                                                                                                            

By Derrick A. Scott, JIS Reporter