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New Campus Principals among senior appointments approved at annual meeting of UWI University Council

Pro Vice Chancellor
Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine

The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica W.I. Friday, April 29, 2022. —Among the many deliberations which took place during the April 29 meeting of The UWI’s University Council were the appointments and reappointments of executives and senior managers of the regional university.

Members of the highest governing and decision-making authority gathered for its annual review of the academy’s business affairs, operations and financial management, and as is customary, HR appointments.

The University of the West Indies is pleased to advise of the following appointments and reappointments approved by Council, which are anticipated to take effect from August 1, 2022.

New appointments

  • Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine as new Principal at the St. Augustine Campus
  • Dr. Francis Severin as new Principal at the Open Campus
  • Professor Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw as Dean of Humanities and Education at the St. Augustine Campus


  • Professor Winston Moore as Deputy Principal at the Cave Hill Campus
  • Ms. Charlene Riley as University Archivist
  • Mrs. Andrea McNish as University Bursar
  • Mrs. Judith Nelson as University Management Auditor               
  • Dr. Paulette Kerr as Campus Librarian at the Mona Campus
  • Dr. Rhonda Jaipaul-O’Garro as University Director, Marketing and Communications
  • Mr. Howard A. Pearce as Deputy Campus Bursar at the Mona Campus
  • Professor Michael Taylor as Dean of Science and Technology at the Mona Campus
  • Professor Edwin Ekwue as Dean of Engineering at the St. Augustine Campus

During the public, open session of the meeting, broadcast live via UWItv, Chancellor, Robert Bermudez, delivered remarks as Council Chairman. Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles followed with a detailed account of The UWI’s operations in the 2020-2021 academic year, including highlights of key achievements for the period, and projections for The UWI’s 2022-2027 strategic cycle delivered in a presentation entitled: A Global Disruptor.




Notes to the Editor

  • Vice-Chancellor Beckles’ detailed report to the Council themed, A Global Disruptor can be accessed at
  • A recording of the live broadcast of the opening segment of the Meeting of University Council can be accessed here.

About the University Council

The University Council is the highest governing body of The UWI with powers as prescribed in the University’s Statute 20. The University Council is constituted by Statute 18, and consequently the decision-making authority on matters such as appointments, the management of the finances, and all business affairs of the University. Its membership comprises the Chancellor (Chair), the Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellors and Campus Principals, Chairs of the Campus Councils, the Treasurer, the Chair of the Committee of Deans, the University Registrar, University Bursar, University Librarian, as well as representatives of all categories of staff; representatives of the Guild of Students; representatives of the Academic Board of other campuses; representatives of the Alumni body; representatives of the governments of The UWI’s contributing countries; representatives of Tertiary Level Institutions in the Caribbean; and nominees appointed by the Chancellor from among persons in industry, commerce, the professions, the labour movement, and other non-governmental organisations.

About The University of the West Indies

The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region.

From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world.

The UWI has been consistently ranked among the top universities globally by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). In the latest World University Rankings 2022, released in September 2021, The UWI moved up an impressive 94 places from last year. In the current global field of some 30,000 universities and elite research institutes, The UWI stands among the top 1.5%.

The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists since its debut in the rankings in 2018. In addition to its leading position in the Caribbean, it is also in the top 20 for Latin America and the Caribbean and the top 100 global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the leading universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action.

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(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)