T&T national selected as new UWI Chancellor

A Trinidad and Tobago national has been selected to serve as the next Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), the second national of this country to be appointed to the position in the University’s history.

UPDATE: UWI expressed surprise at the announcement, saying the choice is to be made by the university council.

Education Minister Anthony Garcia made the announcement at today’s Post Cabinet media briefing at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s.

Current Chancellor, Sir George Allen is set to demit office July 31, 2017.

Businessman Robert Bermudez, who was selected by a Search Committee of the University, was one of five nominees which included: Professor Compton Bourne, Professor Cardinal Warde, and Sir Baltron Bethel.

The Committee intends to submit its recommendations to the Business Session of the Council of the UWI in Barbados on April 27, 2017, after which Bermudez will be sworn in.

He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bermudez Group of Companies and Chairman of the Board of the Massy Group.

Garcia said the Committee was of the view that Bermudez’s background in business would be an asset to the University.

“It was felt that the University of the West Indies should depend a little less on the coffers of the coffers of the respective governments and try as far as possible to generate their own funds.” 

Dr Eric Williams was the first T&T national to be appointed to serve as UWI Chancellor.


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