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Sir Hilary is new vice-chancellor

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Sir Hilary is new vice-chancellor

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Sir Hilary Beckles has been appointed the next vice-chancellor ​of the University of the West Indies.

The appointment, which came out of the extraordinary meeting of University Council by the Chancellor of the University yesterday, takes effect from May 1, next year.

Sir Hilary was one of more than 50 applicants from around the world responding to the advertising of the post.

The chair of the Search Committee, Dr Marshall Hall, stated the Search Committee eventually came up with an initial short-list of seven which was eventually whittled down to three candidates who were interviewed.

The UWI, in congratulating Sir Hilary, noted that he would be the seventh vice-chancellor and would bring to the position impeccable academic credentials, impressive managerial skills and “the gravitas that such an office required”, a release stated.

Sir Hilary, principal of the Cave Hill Campus, is currently the longest serving campus principal.

He has a distinguished record of achievement and service as a university administrator, economic historian and specialist in higher education and development thinking and practice.

Sir Hilary is a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Science Advisory Board on Sustainable Development, chairman of the Caribbean Reparations Commission, vice President of the International Task Force for the UNESCO Slave Route, adviser to the UN World Culture Report inter alia. He is the recipient of many honours, awards and honorary degrees and serves on the boards of several of the region’s largest corporations.

Sir Hilary, an avid lover of cricket, was an accomplished cricketer in his youth, and has written extensively on the subject and served on the WICB for many years. (PR)