Vivian Crawford Appointed New Pro-Chancellor at UTech

M r. Vivian Crawford, OD, JP, FJIM who has served with distinction as Honorary Treasurer on the Council of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) since 1991 has been appointed as the University’s third Pro-Chancellor effective October 1, 2012. Mr. Crawford’s appointment follows a recommendation for his appointment by the Council of the University and approval by Cabinet. An Installation Ceremony’ is now being planned for his investiture to the position.   The Pro- Chancellor is the Chairman of the Council.

Mr. Crawford has been the longest serving member of the University’s Council, having served as Honorary Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee from1991 to  2012.  His commitment to the University’s development has been evidenced in his contribution to the following Committees of the University on which he has served:

    • Finance Committee
    • Remuneration Committee
    • Governance Committee
    • Institutional Archives and Museum
    • Audit Committee
    • Pension Committee

He holds a B.Sc (Econ.) from the University of the West Indies, a Teaching Diploma from the Mico Teachers’ College and a MBA from Nova Southern University.  He has received the University of Technology, Jamaica Distinguished Service Award for his contribution to the financial affairs of the University and the Council as well as the University’s Special Recognition Award.

Mr. Crawford retired as Executive Director at the Institute of Jamaica in December 2012, having served for twelve years.  Prior to his tenure at the Institute, he was Chief Inspector and General Manager for Retail Banking in the Eastern Region at Citizen’s Bank for fourteen years. 

As Executive Director at the Institute of Jamaica, Mr. Crawford had responsibility for five Divisions: the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank, Junior Centres, Museums of History & Ethnography, National Gallery of Jamaica and the Natural History Museum of Jamaica. 

The Boards on which he currently serves include the University of Technology, Jamaica as member of Council, The Audit Committee of the Jamaica Library Service, The Ward Theatre Foundation, and the Cariforum Cultural Fund where he was Facilitator at the 15th Meeting of the Ministers of the Caribbean Forum in Haiti.

Formerly, he served as member of Council, Institute of Jamaica, and a Member of the Group of Experts on the Financial and Administrative Committee of UNESCO Paris, HEART/TRUST NTA. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission as Chairman, Chairman, Culture Committee of the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s Jamaica 20//30 Vision. The Jamaica National Heritage Trust, the Mico University College, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and the board of the National Library of Jamaica.

The Institute of Jamaica under his watch witnessed the restoration of Liberty Hall, the Legacy of Marcus Garvey, as well as the implementation of the Sites of Memory Programme commemorating outstanding records of our history through the installation of plaques.  These sites include the Old King’s House, Spanish Town where the Act of the Abolition of Slavery was read, the birthplace of outstanding Jamaican nurse, Mary Seacole and the Carmel Moravian Church, Westmoreland, commemorating the introduction of free elementary education by the Moravians.

In 2003, he chaired a submission to UNESCO with Dr. the Hon. Olive Lewin as team leader and with the assistance of a committee of twelve persons for the Declaration of the Music of Moore Town Maroons to be part of the Intangible Heritage of Mankind.  Only 25 such other Declarations had been made.

 Mr. Crawford has also received numerous honours and awards locally in recognition of his achievements.    These include the Order of the Distinction which was conferred by the Government of Jamaica in 2003.    He was admitted to the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the West Indies Honour Society in 2000 and in 2006, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Jamaican Institute of Management. In October 2011 he received the Gleaner Honour Award for Excellence in Arts and Culture and was awarded the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons Jamaica 50 Living Legacy Award in February 2012 and the St. Andrew Lay Magistrates Award in 2012. He is also the recipient of the Governor General’s Achievement Award for St. Andrew and the Mico University Gold Medal.

The UTech community welcomes Mr. Crawford and pledges its full support to him during his tenure as Pro-Chancellor of the University. 


Michelle Beckford 
Corporate Communications Manager
University of Technology, Jamaica 
Telephone: 970-5299