Sir Hilary Beckles honoured for 40 years of service at The UWI

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Mona Campus thanked Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles for his 40 years of unbroken service to the regional University at a long service awards ceremony on Thursday, January 30, 2020. The ceremony was held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge & Conference Centre. 

Vice-Chancellor Beckles joined the Mona Campus in 1979 as a temporary lecturer at age 24. At the time he was just out of graduate school in the UK, where he completed a doctorate in Economic History at Hull University.

At age 36 he was appointed to a personal professorship in Economic and Social History, becoming the youngest person then, to achieve that academic title in the history of The UWI. He served as Head of the campus’ History Department, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies, as well as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal at The UWI Cave Hill Campus for 15 years before his appointment as Vice-Chancellor in 2015. He is the first Vice-Chancellor to have served at all levels of The UWI administration over 30 years.

Vice-Chancellor Beckles was among 115 UWI staff members who received 15, 21, 30 and 40-year long service awards, including Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal of The UWI Mona, Professor Dale Webber.

Caption: L to R: Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles receives his long service award from Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal of The UWI Mona, Professor Dale Webber.