UWI Chancellor Grateful For Time In Office

Sir George Alleyne has, for the past 13 years, diligently stood for hours greeting, with hearty smiles and mini conversations, the more than 74,000 graduates of the University of the West Indies (UWI) who, decked in caps, hoods and gowns, crossed platforms to collect their degrees.

On Saturday evening at the Mona campus, where he obtained his medical degree in 1957, the highly regarded Barbadian professor of medicine shook the last pair of such hands as, at the end of this academic year, he will demit office as chancellor and ceremonial head of the 68-year-old regional institution.

“In these past 13 years, our chancellor has conducted these ceremonies, and, indeed, all aspects of the office of chancellor with precision and panache and with dignity and distinction,” said Sir Hilary Beckles, the vice-chancellor and administrative head of the UWI.

“Our chancellor has had a journey of excellence within our university and beyond. He was a brilliant student of medicine, an excellent professor of medicine, a generous and engaged alumnus and a superbly effective chancellor. Simply put, our chancellor has been outstanding!”

Responding, Alleyne, 84, known for his wit and charm, credited his Jamaican wife, Dr Sylvan Alleyne, the university and a host of other people for their support over the years.

“(Becoming chancellor) is the highest honour that can be bestowed on an alumnus, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have served the university in this capacity over the last 13 years,” he said. Read more

Source: Gleaner