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Volume 1, Issue 1

February 2017

University of Technology, Jamaica


he University of Technology, Jamaica

(UTech, Ja.) formally welcomed


Richard Powell

as the Institution’s

fourth Pro-Chancellor at the ceremony for his

installation held on Monday, October 31, 2016

at the University’s Alfred Sangster auditorium,

Papine campus.

The celebratory occasion marked by pageantry

and fanfare was witnessed by an audience of

members of government, the diplomatic corps,

the business community, academia, family,

friends and associates of Mr. Powell.

Words of confidence in the expected leadership

and well wishes for the newly installed Pro-

Chancellor flowed from all speakers on the

ninety-minute programme, led by Chancellor

the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, ON, PC


presided over the ceremony.

In his welcome address, Chancellor Seaga told

the gathering that Mr. Powell is a “distinguished

person” of “unquestionable integrity” evidenced

by his long and illustrious career in the public and

private sectors spanning over forty years.

Acting President,

Prof. Colin Gyles

in welcoming

Pro-Chancellor Powell into the UTech, Jamaica

community expressed confidence that “the

Council in its work and the University in general

will benefit from his vast professional and

leadership experience.”

The Acting President called on all stakeholders

to give the new Pro-Chancellor their support as

he continues to play a part in the development of

the University.


rof. Stephen Vasciannie has been appointed

fourth President of the University of

Technology, Jamaica. Chairman of Council

and Pro-Chancellor Richard Powell in making

the announcement stated that he is “happy Prof.

Vascianne has agreed to join the UTech, Jamaica

family and that the University Council is confident

that he will make an invaluable contribution to the

growth and development of the University. The

leadership of this distinguished Jamaican will

enhance the ability of UTech, Jamaica to fulfil its

role as Jamaica’s national university in supporting

the achievements of the country’s development

goals.” The appointment is for a period of three

years commencing January 2, 2017.

As President, Prof. Vasciannie will carry out the

functions of chief academic and administrative

officer of the University, reporting directly to

the Council, through its Chairman, the Pro-

Chancellor. He will be principally responsible

for implementing the Council’s policies, and will

exercise such executive powers as necessary for

the proper administration and operation of the


Mr. Richard Powell (right) is presented with his Instrument of Office by Chancellor, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga,

ON, PC as he welcomes him as UTech, Jamaica’s fourth Pro-Chancellor at the Pro-Chancellor’s Installation

Ceremony held on Monday, October 31, 2016 at the Alfred Sangster auditorium, UTech Papine campus. Mem-

bers of the Platform party applaud the happy occasion.

Richard Powell Appointed Pro-Chancellor

Stephen Vasciannie Appointed 4



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