There’s a new Chancellor in town


Chancellor Bermudez arrived for his first day in office at the Vice Chancellery Regional Headquarters UWI today, July 18. He was appointed by the University Council on April 27 at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados in succession of Sir George Alleyne.   Chancellor Bermudez assumes duties as the 6th Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, following in a line of celebrated Chancellors:

Her Royal Highness Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone (1948-1971);

Sir Hugh Wooding (1971-1974);

Sir Allen Montgomery Lewis (1975-1989);

Sir Shridath Ramphal (1989-2003);

and Sir George Alleyne (2003-2017).



Photography courtesy of UWI Archives Media Lab

On reaching the Regional Headquarters, Chancellor Bermudez was warmly greeted by Vice Chancellor Hilary Beckles and University Registrar C Will Iton as he prepared to assume duties at the UWI. The UWI’s senior executive management team and extended community of faculty and staff, students, alumni and council members warmly welcome Chancellor Bermudez to the university. The institution also takes this opportunity to thank Sir George Alleyne for his remarkable tenure of 23 years working at the regional University, including 14 years of service as Chancellor.

According to the University’s Statutes and Ordinances, “the Chancellor shall preside at meetings of the Council [the highest governing body of the regional university] and any Convocation and shall have such powers and perform such duties as may be conferred upon the holder of the office of Chancellor by The UWI Charter or any Statute, Ordinance or Regulation.” The official installation ceremony for Chancellor Bermudez is expected to be held in September 2017, at The UWI, St. Augustine Campus.

Chancellor Bermudez, a national of Trinidad and Tobago, has been an entrepreneur for over 40 years. He has led the growth of his family-owned business, to a regional business throughout the Caribbean and Latin America and has enjoyed a distinguished career in business, serving as either Chairman or Board Director for several other corporate bodies in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. His vision for the University outlines a keen sense of the mission, effectiveness, relevance and interdependence of academia and the economy. His professional experience as a Caribbean-wide entrepreneur with business acumen garnered from across the region suggests that he will continue the distinguished tradition of Chancellorship that this University has maintained throughout its history.


Photography courtesy of UWI Archives Media Lab

With his many years of experience in business, Chancellor Bermudez is well placed to help the UWI exploit entrepreneurial and enterprise opportunities.

According to Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, “Our new Chancellor has demonstrated through his many roles as a man conscious of his Caribbean identity and responsibility, and willingness to provide leadership to our people at home and beyond, in the entrepreneurial arena and elsewhere, that he is amply energized for the role of Chancellor of our beloved UWI. He comes to office on the eve of our 70th anniversary during which the university community will be reflecting upon 70 years of service and leadership. It will be an honour for us to have him presiding over these activities.”

Adapted from:

The University Marketing and Communications Office articles

  1. New UWI Chancellor takes office: Robert Bermudez begins term as The UWI’s 6th Chancellor
  2. Robert Bermudez Confirmed as The UWI’s 6th Chancellor

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