The UWI Welcomes Dr Maurice D. Smith as new University Registrar

Among new appointments taking effect at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) as the new teaching year approaches, is that of a new University Registrar. Dr Maurice D. Smith will assume the office on August 1, 2019 succeeding Mr C. William Iton who has served for the past 12 years.

As University Registrar, Dr Smith will serve as head of The UWI’s Office of Administration, overseeing a myriad of administrative duties across the regional institution. Statute 13 of the University’s Statutes and Ordinances, details that the University Registrar shall be responsible for the custody of the Common Seal and for affixing it to authorise documents in accordance with the Statutes and Ordinances. The incumbent is expected to be the custodian of the University’s records. He will also act as Secretary for a number of bodies across the University system including the University Council, the Senate, and any standing, special or advisory committees set up by the Council or Senate.

A Jamaican 2010 Fulbright Scholar, Dr Smith holds a Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership and policy (with high commendation) from Howard University. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees with honours from Northern Caribbean University and Nova Southeastern University and received his professional training at the Mico University College in Kingston, Jamaica.

Among his professional accomplishments, Dr Smith is credited with the establishment of Belmont Academy; Jamaica’s first Centre of Excellence. He is a former Principal Director of the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) and in 2015, he was appointed as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. Since 2017, he has served as an international educational consultant to the World Bank, UNESCO and Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, providing policy and technical advice to governments across Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Dr Smith is a certified Performance Coach and Commonwealth Professional Fellow in Education. He is also an author and a well sought after motivational speaker who frequently addresses local and international conferences on matters related to educational leadership. A recipient of numerous honours, Dr Smith’s accolades include the Governor General’s Achievement Award (2019) and the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education (2016). He is also a Justice of the Peace for the parish of Kingston.

The University welcomes Dr Smith and wishes him a successful tenure at the regional institution. The UWI also extends its gratitude to out-going University Registrar, Mr C. William Iton, for his remarkable tenure at the regional University.