New Deputy Principal for UWI’s St. Augustine Campus; Law Dean Reappointed

The Council of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) approved the appointment of Professor Indar Ramnarine as Deputy Principal of the St. Augustine Campus. He succeeds Professor Rhoda Reddock, who has served as Deputy Principal at the campus since August 2008. In addition, the Council also reappointed Professor Rose-Marie Belle-Antoine as Dean of the Faculty of Law. The announcements were made at last week’s, April 27 Annual Meeting of the University Council, which took place at The UWI’s Cave Hill Campus in Barbados.

Professor Ramnarine, previously Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST), commented on the honour he felt at being chosen as the next St. Augustine Campus Deputy Principal with its attendant responsibility for student matters. “I look forward to making a positive difference during my tenure and to working with all stakeholders to improve student administration systems,” he said. His appointment is for a period of five years from August of this year.

The new Deputy Principal has served as Chair of the Campus Committee on Examinations and Chair of the Academic Board Sub-committee on Student Matters. He was Deputy Dean (Student Matters) in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture for seven years and was appointed as Founding Dean of the Faculty of Science & Technology in 2012 and as University Dean in 2014. He is currently the Chair of the St Augustine Committee of Deans and serves on the University Council and Senate. He is also the St Augustine representative on the Standing Committee on Ordinances and Regulations.

Professor Ramnarine holds a BSc degree in Agriculture (The UWI), an MSc in Fisheries Management (University of Wales), a PhD in Zoology in the field of Fish Biology & Aquaculture (UWI) and an MBA specialising in Human Resource Management (Heriot-Watt University/Edinburgh Business School).

Commenting on the appointment of the Deputy Principal, Campus Principal, Professor Brian Copeland said “Professor Ramnarine is an accomplished academic who is a recognized scholar in his field and also brings a high level of administrative experience to the post. His experience is therefore well aligned to the portfolio of the Deputy Campus Principal at St Augustine, who has responsibility for administering student affairs.” He continued, “I take this opportunity to thank Professor Rhoda Reddock for her leadership as Deputy Campus Principal, a responsibility she agreed to continue to shoulder when I assumed office in July 2016.