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The University of the West Indies
(UWI) vice chancellor, Prof E Nigel
Harris is stepping down one year
ahead of schedule.
Harris was expected to serve in his
capacity until April 2016, but has sig-
nalled his intention to make the move
one year earlier.
The Sunday Guardian spoke with
Harris on Tuesday at the UWI's launch
of the Diplomatic Academy, where he
confirmed the move to step aside.
After one decade on the job, Harris
said the time had come to let someone
else step into his shoes.
"There are so many things I would
have liked to do, but I know others
would come to do," Harris said.
He said the international search for
his replacement had already begun.
The letter to colleagues came just
one day after he confirmed the decision
to step down.
"I am writing to announce that I
shall demit the office of vice chancellor
in April 2015. By that time, I would
have served for ten years as vice chan-
cellor, which is about the time I believe
senior administrators of organisations
such as ours should serve," he said.
Harris said while there was a lot to
be grateful for---doubling of the uni-
versity's enrollment to 50,000, doubling
of applications to 30,000 per year,
establishing the Open Campus---there
was still a lot of work to do.
owe UWI US $100M
As Harris makes his move though,
he said UWI was owed a massive
US$100 million in fees from member
He noted that while the university's
Joanne Kilgour-Dowdy will
launch a book that is near and dear
to her on June 13 at Nalis, Port-of-
Olympic Hero, a tribute to her
father, former Olympian Lennox Kil-
gour, is a children's book. Kilgour was
a former weightlifter and Olympic
medallist from T&T. He was the West
Indian champion in 1949 according
to Wikipedia, the Central American
champion in 1950, and he won the
bronze medal at the 1952 Summer
Olympics in Helsinki, Finland.
He died ten years ago.
The Kent State University Professor
of Adolescent/Adult Literacy, Kilgo-
ur-Dowdy said she had no plans to
write about her father until December
26, 2012, when her mind told her to
"It was a pretty demanding process
because the whole story was rushing
out of me. I just had to keep up with
the ideas and the typing process," she
She said a lot of the information
about her father's Olympic journey
came from the Trinidad Olympians
book by Dr Basil Ince.
Alexander Chapman, a great sup-
port to Ince when he did his research
on the Olympian, also supported Kil-
gour-Dowdy on the project.
Olympic Hero at Nalis
Prof Harris to step down as UWI vice chancellor
...regional govts owe UWI US$100m
revenue had been doubled in the
past ten years, the debts of con-
tributing countries have piled up.
"The wake of the global eco-
nomic collapse in 2008 has resulted
in arrears in payment by our gov-
ernments in excess of US$100 mil-
lion. This will represent a consid-
erable challenge in the next few
years," he said.
Harris said during his last year
at the campus, he intends to
expand linkages with community
and colleges in the "UWI-14"
"Our financial stability at an
economically challenging time for
Caribbean governments is a major
challenge," Harris said in his let-
T&T does not owe UWI
Finance Minister Larry Howai,
in an email exchange on Thursday,
said T&T was not one of the cam-
pus countries owing the UWI.
"If there is anything outstand-
ing, it would be nominal or would
be a recent outstanding balance
that is the process of settlement,"
He could not comment on the
financial position of other campus
countries, but did say that the
2008 financial downturn had
affected the ability of certain coun-
tries to maintain their payments.
"I don't have an up to date posi-
tion on each island as I was unable
to attend the last meeting but, as
you know, several Caribbean
islands have been experiencing fis-
cal challenges over the past few
years and this would have affected
their ability to meet their com-
Howai did not state which
member countries were in arrears.
The same query was posed to Ter-
tiary Education Minister Fazal
Karim, who did not comment on
the issue but directed all questions
regarding the outstanding money
back to Harris.
"I suggest he is best placed to
answer this," Karim said in a text
exchange on Thursday.
Prof E Nigel Harris
The UWI has four main
campuses located in St
Augustine, Trinidad; Cave Hill
Barbados; Mona in Jamaica;
and the Open Campus with
representative offices and
classrooms in 16 regional
islands including Anguilla,
Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas,
Belize, British Virgin Islands,
Cayman Islands, Dominica,
Grenada, Montserrat, St Lucia,
St Kitts &Nevis, St Vincent
and the Grenadines and in the
Turks and Caicos.
UWI CAMPUS COUNTRIES
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