The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica W.I. Tuesday, September 20, 2022—Registrar and Chief Administrative Officer of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Dr Maurice D. Smith, has been appointed a Trustee and Vice-Chair of the IAM-USA Foundation, headquartered in Washington D.C., U.S.A. A global organisation in nature, founded in 2020, the IAM-USA Foundation’s global mission and vision seek to empower the most vulnerable children and adults through self-esteem literacy, resiliency education, apprenticeship and social entrepreneurship training—building life skills and a healthy self-image.
Founder, CEO and Board Chair of the IAM-USA Foundation, Dr.oec. Myrtle P. Alexander noted Dr Smith’s selection was based on the confidence in his contributions to education especially in the areas of leadership, policy and equity. She underscored his ability to vision the future and the well-established respect that exists for his academic and professional achievements as well as his deep involvement in community development. His appointment became effective on September 1, 2022.
Dr Smith’s appointment, as Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Board, comes as the Institute for Academic Management Ltd, (IAM-USA) and the IAM-USA Foundation expand educating America’s underrepresented and underserved children to close gaps, disparities and inequalities among children from Pre K-12 grade in public schools and establish nationwide IAM-USA Christian Academies to counter these deficiencies.
In his reaction, Dr Smith said it was a privilege for him to serve in any capacity that would see him helping to improve the quality of life for children and young people who lived in disadvantaged circumstances.
About the Registrar and Chief Administrative Officer of The UWI
As University Registrar, Dr Smith serves as Head of The UWI’s Office of Administration, overseeing a myriad of administrative duties across the regional institution. Among his responsibilities according to Statute 13 of the University’s Statutes and Ordinances include serving as custodian of the University’s records; acting as Secretary for a number of governing 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; ensuring the efficient articulation of the University’s HR policy framework and executing official ceremonies of the regional University.
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 25 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.
For more, visit www.uwi.edu.